It’s a  wonderful way to enjoy the holidays or any time

Getting kids into the kitchen to cook with you is a win-win situation, no matter how old they are and no matter what you make. It’s a recipe for happiness. By interacting with you in the kitchen, your grandchildren will gain more than just learning how to cook. First and foremost, you will have the opportunity to foster a greater sense of intimacy between you and them.*

Here are 8 steps to a successful time together:

1. Ask the kids what they would like to make, giving them a sense of control and self-worth.

2. Read the recipe together so that everyone knows the ingredients, and knows what happens in what order.

3. Take out the ingredients ahead of time and have the proper tools ready and grouped in the order in which you’re going to use them.

4. Talk about the ingredients and if possible, let kids have a taste. You know they will love the chocolate chips; or even the carrots and walnuts that you might be using in your carrot cake.

5. Show the kids how to use the kitchen tools properly – how to use the measuring spoons and the measuring cups, how to carefully pour.

6. If age appropriate, let the kids hold the pots, put food in the oven, use a toaster. Be sure to discuss how to avoid burns. This is the perfect time to talk about kitchen safety.

7. Have towels at the ready.

8. Practice patience and have a sense of humor—the two most valuable tools!

Check out our top 3 Children’s Cookbooks that your child/grandchild won’t be able to put down! Get cooking! 

  • Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook, by Nicola Graimes

Put the fun back into healthy eating with this bright and colorful cookbook. This lively collection encourages kids to consider what they eat and how it affects their bodies…without having to preach to them. Yummy interpretations of old classics, as well as new recipes destined to become classics, help turn eating into a delicious treat. Available at amazon.com $10

  • Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book 

All the recipes here are easy-to-follow and packed with helpful hints and fun ways for kids to add their own. With lots of easy-to-understand nutritional information, this is a great way to teach kids about healthy eating while getting them interested in cooking. Available at amazon.com $10

  • The Disney The Magic Kitchen Cookbook, by Stephanie Karpinske

With Disney characters leading the way, kids will love this introduction to cooking, kitchen basics and healthy eating. Each of the more than 50 recipes are written as basic, step-by-step directions specifically developed for young cooks. The colorful cookbook features kid-friendly recipes from tacos to pizza, formulated to be lower in fat and sugar, and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while still tasting yummy. This cookbook also provides energy burning activities, as well as fun food facts. Available at amazon.com $12

*Portions of Article reprinted from: www.epicurious.com & www.amazon.com