How To Involve Kids In Cooking
Letting the kids cook becomes a family fun adventure. Cooking for them a life skill that they need to learn fast says caregivers at a Montessori San Dimas, CA. Some parents hesitate to send their children in cooking but remember that you always will not be there when your kids need a hot yummy meal on the table. It is better to learn and make mistakes with cooking from the very childhood. Training should be started from a very early age. But always remain nearby while your children are cooking to supervise them as well as to answer their questions.
Some advice for parents is coming from a child care activist in a primary school in Pomona, CA, who makes parents understand how, when, and how much they will involve their children in cooking.
- Avoid deep frying unless you are supervising them continuously.
- Teach your kids about proper sanitary kitchen rules
- Teach them the danger of kitchen fire and how to extinguish it.
- Always ensure that an adult is present at home when kids are cooking.
- Teach them recipes or regulate the supervision depending on the age of the child.
Here are some easy recipes of food that even a Montessori school goer can do.
Chicken sandwich :
Provide them with sandwich bread. Instead of buying readymade mayonnaise encourage them to make homemade mayonnaise. To make it they will need 2 eggs, ½ cup oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. These are the basic things. To add variety in it they can add finely chopped coriander leaves or chili flakes or black pepper, oregano powder, or anything they like. They will blend properly till it turns into a creamy substance. Mayonnaise is ready. Keep boiled shredded chicken ready in your refrigerator. From their give them some shredded boiled chicken to mix with the mayonnaise. Now with the help of a spatula tell them to apply the mixture to the bread. The yummy sandwich is ready.
Fruity Ice-cream :
Children are fond of ice-creams but do not like to eat fruits. What you will do then? Take your children to the supermarket. Buy basic flavored plain ice-creams like vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, etc. At home tell your older children to chop some fruits like melon, kiwifruits, mango, banana, etc. now tell them to pour the ice cream in these fruits. Add some nuts to it. Mix everything and again keep it in the freezer for half an hour. Tell them to serve it. They will surely like to eat ice-cream mixed fruits.
Scrambled egg Rice :
Do you have some leftover rice in the refrigerator? Your children can easily make a yummy dish with it. Keep the rice outside the refrigerator for half an hour. In a bowl tell your children to break some eggs and add salt and pepper in it. If your children are old enough to cut the vegetable, tell them to cut vegetables like onion, carrot, capsicum, and broccoli into small pieces. Now the vegetables should be mixed in the beaten eggs. In a pan melt some butter and pour the egg. Stir continuously and make scrambled eggs. Add rice and mix everything and cook it for further 3-4 minutes. Yummy rice is ready.