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Teaching Your Children Basic Cooking Skills

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 21 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Teaching your children basic cooking skills is one of the best things you can do for their future. Not only do you help your child to be more self sufficient as they get older, but it is also a great way to educate them about the effect good nutrition has on their bodies.

Most children enjoy cooking as long as you keep them involved in the cooking process. You can make every step of the cooking process interesting by explaining what you are doing and why, rather than just assume the child only wants to get involved in the ‘exciting’ parts and you do everything else.

It is also important to teach your children basic cooking skills because, at the time of writing, the cooking provision in schools for all ages is either non-existent or focused on the food technology aspect, rather than any actual cooking. There are some changes to this system planned, but it is still a good idea to share some of your cooking skills with your children as it is a great was to spend time together.

A Sense Of Pride

Children have a great sense of pride in creating something that their family can enjoy. Relatively quickly, a competent child can progress from basic cooking such as shortbread to dishes the whole family can enjoy at meal times, such as shepherd’s pie. This is helpful in a busy household and gives children a sense of responsibility.

Children of all competencies are able to be involved in aspects of cooking. Rather like sports and art, children who are not the most academic may find they have a great aptitude for cooking, so you may even be discovering a future career possibility!

Get Your Children Involved In The Entire Cooking Process

The best way to start teaching your children some basic cooking skills is to get them involved in what you are going to make – even better, let them choose! You can then go through the whole cooking process together, making the activity as enjoyable or educational as you see fit! One word of warning though – the more serious you make it, the more likely your child will switch off from it and loose interest. Unless your child responds particularly well to a serious approach, you may find it more effective to keep a relaxed atmosphere.

To decide what you are going to cook you could think of a theme - different countries each week, perhaps, or a dish to go with a particular event in the calendar or on TV – a football match between England and Italy could be a pasta dish, or Easter could be a simnel cake.

You can then buy the ingredients together, perhaps even with a little finance lesson thrown in.

Once you have decided what you are going to make and have bought the ingredients, you and your child can get started in the kitchen. It is the perfect opportunity to involve all aspects of the cooking process here too, such as the preparation of ingredients, no wastage and clearing up afterwards.

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