Ask Kids to Help You in The Kitchen

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Help-in-The-Kitchen_cChildren enjoy helping in the kitchen and are often more willing to eat foods that they have helped to prepare. However, cooking is sadly a vital missing ingredient from the National Curriculum. Learning to cook is a basic survival skill. School may take care of reading, writing and arithmetic but if no one teaches children to cook, then it's likely that they will grow up reliant on processed, packaged foods.

Many five-year-olds are proficient at playing the latest computer games, but I wonder how many can squeeze orange juice or crack an egg. Children love to cook, they relish tactile experiences like kneading and rolling out dough or breaking eggs but the trouble is we very often don't allow them in the kitchen for fear of the mess. Children delight in the very ordinary tasks that we adults take for granted and managing these tasks gives them a wonderful sense of sharing and achievement.

At weekends, when there is more time, you can get your child involved in cooking breakfast. It's interesting how very often being involved in the preparation of breakfast encourages children to eat better. Making pancakes or French toast, preparing scrambled eggs or squeezing fresh orange juice are all within the capabilities or young children with a little help from mum or dad.

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