Teaching Kids to Cook

This is a page about teaching kids to cook. Basic cooking skills are essential for every child to learn. Not only can they make their own meals and snacks, they can also help with meals for the entire family.


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I am helping my young granddaughter-in-law learn how to cook. I know she will come over one of her days off and I think ahead to what she might enjoy eating that would be good for her. I get the ingredients before hand, and when she's settled in for her visit, I suggest we have tea and whatever is the planned dish. Sometimes it's oatmeal raisin walnut cookies, sometimes it's a dinner dish.

I give her simple tasks as we assemble the food, and as I cook from scratch, I explain what I'm doing as I do it, and what are other alternative ways of cooking the dish I've tried over my lifetime, and how it worked out, or didn't as the case may be. She's learning at a mellow pace, which is good, since I tend to overdo 'teaching' and I always send her and my grandson home with something nice, tasty, and healthy, that is slightly different than they would have, just for variety.


All of my grandsons cook well.

By PENNY K from Westminster, CO

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Even when they were very young (about 2), I started teaching my kids about cooking. They loved being able to help, even if it only meant stirring something. I started with simple things that would not be as messy if it flew out of the bowl, but I also used a bigger bowl to make it easier for them.

Then as they got a little older, they were able to help with bigger things. By age 10 to 12, they were well on their way to being good cooks. Never discourage them, that will take away their desire to help.

I made sure they understood that cooking could be fun but was also a quiet time. Then we always made sure we would sit together, and try out the items we made even if it was only Koolaid and a sandwich to begin with. That was a most special time.


You will never regret the time you spent with you little ones. It seems like they grow up so fast. So start them when they are very eager to help you.

By Bev from Longview, WA

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April 14, 2020

When you are having your little ones help you make a cake, cookies, etc., pull a chair up to the sink for them to stand on and tell them that you need 1/2 cup of water. Show them the 1/2 cup mark, explain what it means and then put the measuring cup in the sink and let them fill it from the tap or a plastic glass. If they spill, it's only water and it's in the sink and tempers don't flare.

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I am suggesting to allow the child in on the making of their OWN left-overs-in the muffin tins, and with some on toast squares, some with rice mixtures, some with noodles, some with potato "nests", and a few with potatoes/layered veggies.

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April 3, 2007

If you use hard boiled eggs, try this after you have your egg hunt. Let the kids in on more fun rather than letting the eggs go bad. Let them turn their treasures into delicious egg salads.

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August 19, 2005

Let your children help prepare lunch or dinner. While you're fixing the meal they can put ice in the glasses, set the table, wash and tear lettuce or salad mix, place napkins on the table, etc.

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May 15, 2009

By Ronald Yip

If you're ready to teach your children how to cook (with kid recipe), here are some simple tips for teaching them the basics, and giving them skills that will last them a lifetime!


First of all, think safety. Any child that has to stand on a stool or chair in order to reach the stove is too young to cook. Start younger children off by letting them help set and clear the table, gathering ingredients, and stirring, mixing or adding ingredients.

Next, set rules about handling knives and other sharp instruments and handling hot pans or boiling ingredients. Some parents start teaching their children to cook by showing them how to make things that don't require cooking first, and then graduating to letting them make food in the microwave.

Create a relaxed atmosphere that is fun when teaching your kids to cook. Remember what it was like when you were learning to cook? Chances are, you made a few messes and broke a few dishes. It happens. Learning to cook should be fun, not drudgery, although there are certain responsibilities that go along with the privilege, such as cleaning up as you go along, and leaving the kitchen clean when you're finished.


Start with the basics. Show your kids what the different utensils are used for, and the right way to use them. Teach them about herbs and spices, and using the right ingredients for the right dishes. Cooking is a great way to learn fractions and chemistry, and your kids might not even realize they're learning while they're having fun!

Begin with simple kid recipe that include step-by-step instructions and pictures so kids can see what something's supposed to look like while they're assembling the recipe...let success build on success.

Give your kids a chance to shine. As they learn to cook more complicated recipes, let them be responsible for planning -- and cooking lunch or dinner one night. Letting your kids plan the meal -- and even shop for the ingredients will help them to realize and appreciate the effort that goes into cooking.


As your kids become more skilled, begin including foods from different cultures. Many recipes such as French crepes or Italian lasagna are not difficult to make, and your kids will develop an appreciation for many different kinds of food.

Especially for younger children, having tools that are their own size not only make cooking more fun, but make it easier for them to participate. Kid-sized kitchen utensils can be found at many department or specialty stores.

Make sure you take plenty of pictures -- you may not realize it now, but you're making memories that someday will be as delicious as that batch of chocolate chip cookies you're baking now!

Make fun and delicious kid recipes with your family!

About The Author: Ronald Yip is an electronic engineer by profession. He became active in internet marketing since 1999 and also has a passion for cooking.
Please visit Recipes Lovers.- http://www.recipeslovers.com for more information and articles on recipes, cooking tips and all about food.


How To Teach Your Children To Cook

if you look under recipes, there are some great recipes from the Pillsbury Alpha-Bakery cookbook on this web site. The recipes start with the letter A and go to the letter Z. These are great kid friendly recipes designed for children (02/25/2006)

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