When it comes to cooking with kids, there’s one inevitability: it gets messy. But despite the risk of flour spilling on the floor or eggshells getting into the batter, there are immeasurable benefits to involving kids in the kitchen — beyond the simple enjoyment they derive from it. They can improve their fine motor skills, learn time management, practice math by measuring ingredients and become more adventurous with new foods. They can even gain self-confidence through their newfound responsibility and learn resilience from failures and successes with various recipes.
You need the proper tools to encourage your budding cook. If kids aren’t supposed to walk with scissors, why on earth should we give them a kitchen knife? But don’t worry, there are all sorts of thoughtfully designed, kid-safe kitchen tools for little sous-chefs to help them prep, chop and cook safely.
As a parent, it can be difficult to let go of control – and cleanliness – in the kitchen. But being able to help out with preparing food or baking is like a rite of passage for children. It shows them that they are helpful and trustworthy and gives them the opportunity to be creative and have fun. You never know, when you’re filled with pride after a job well done, your next top chef might even be inspired to cook she a whole dinner (or maybe just helping with the dishes).
An adjustable stool for an extra boost
Stable, robust mixing bowls