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Simple Tips for Cooking with Kids

Aug 26, 2008
Children are often enthralled with the idea of cooking, often at an early age. All of the toy kitchen utensils and foods that they love to play with serve to fuel this interest because of their uninhibited imaginations.

You can find a wide array of pint sized kitchens in the toy store, featuring replicas of common kitchen tools and ingredients. All the kitchen basics can be found, ranging from skillets and saucepans to butter, milk and eggs. Make belief cooking makes it a snap for curious kids to have fun in their own miniature kitchens.

The easiest way for kids to get cooking is to start with an Easy Bake oven. For some time now kids have been preparing delicious goodies all by themselves, without having to ask Mom to turn on the oven.

Helping out with dinner preparations can be more fun than work for a kid. Quite often, cooking becomes more of a pleasure for the parent with the help of a little one. There is no shortage of ways to help out, and if you're baking goodies your child will always be happy to lick the spoon.

The majority of kids enjoy playing in the kitchen on occasion. However, there are those who show promise of culinary skills at an early age. And this goes beyond merely dumping clumps of dough onto a cookie pan.

You can make cooking simple and fun for these future chefs. Frequently, they want to create an entire meal, not only the dessert. They might find that taking up cooking is even more enjoyable than playing computer games or watching TV.

Encourage your little one to plan an entire meal, with you as the assistant. You can find any number of cookbooks and cooking videos that are kid oriented, full of fast, fun and easy recipes to try out. It might come as a surprise, but not all of these tasty recipes are loaded with sugary and fattening ingredients.

It's essential that you are very aware of what your kids are up to in the kitchen. A stable stepping stool is a better option than the kitchen chair if your little one wants to see what's happening on the countertop. An adult needs to be in charge when dishes and pans are placed in the oven and when they're removed, and also when anything's being cooked on the stovetop.

Your kids need to be taught about the dangers that can be encountered in the kitchen. Teach them safety precautions to keep them from being injured, but they also need to know what to do when an accident does happen. You can't be too cautious when it comes to kids' safety in the kitchen.
About the Author
Ashley King loves to experiment with all kinds of cooking. For more great cooking articles, check out Cookbooks and Cooking.
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