Kids cooking gives you the heebie-jeebies? Are you a control freak and you’re already cracking up at the only taught of the mess they will leave? Standard hazards connected with the kitchen environment cause you panic?
Believe me: kids’ cooking is not only for the brave!
Some practical and simple rules will help you maintain troops control during and after the cooking session, and soon you would take into consideration a real cooking party for little ones!
Always have an adult supervisor around the children.
Avoid using sharp tools: cut and chop the ingredients just before getting started. Let the kids find some bowls filled of ready-to-be-used ingredients: they will be immediately involved on the activities and you won’t spend a minute trying to find the flour hidden up on the top shelf and you focus on the children.
If possible, choose shatterproof o splinter proof bowls and silicon or wooden spatulas, spoons, palette knives and so on.
A great idea for kids is using safety plastic cutlery, to keep fingers and knuckles safe when the little ones experience any cutting activity.
Before getting started always wash hands, wear an apron and roll your sleeves up. All of you, I said, adult too!
Get a plastic table cloth to work on.
If using the heat mind the saucepans handles are turned to the inside.
If using the oven, grab some ovenmit and keep them on hand. Let the kids stay away from the oven and hot tins, trays etc.
Planning activities appropriate for kid’s age is the key of your cooking sessions success. If you have and age-motley group select an activity that can be approached at many different levels, such as cookie decorating: preschoolers will enjoy it such as adults, and anyone can feel free to express their own creativity on the strength of their attitude and ability. A great idea, just to start, is my “sticky fingers cookie” recipe. It will make them busy for at least one hour.
Let the kids know the basic rules of their activity before getting started, when they can still focus their attention on you, and not on that creamy, sticky dough.
Cooking is a perfect way to spend spare time with family a friends!