There’s no reason to pretend it’s easy to teach a child how to cook – unless, of course, you’re a culinary instructor who does it for a living. It takes a lot of patience to teach children how to handle a knife safely, how to wash fruit and vegetables and how to stick to a recipe, without making it easy. Still, the time you spend teaching your child is well spent. It not only strengthens the bond with your child, but also has many other benefits. We’ll give you the top 10 reasons why it’s good to teach your kids how to cook.
1. Cooking together offers an opportunity to spend quality time with the family. Cooking together is a way to strengthen the bond between parent and child. Children can relax and share what’s going on in their lives.
2. Managing food together helps children to appreciate their parents. Children sometimes seem to think that their meals appear out of nowhere. By learning to cook, a child learns how much time and effort it takes to put a tasty, healthy meal on the table.
3. Cooking enlarges the palette of flavours. When a child learns to cook a new dish, he or she is more likely to eat it – or at least taste it. They may not eat it right away or they may not eat it at all, but at some point children will get used to the idea of new food. They will then want to taste more.
4. Cooking is good for self-confidence. When children can say that they have made something all by themselves, they get a feeling of satisfaction from it. When the rest of the family also likes the food, this gives children the feeling that they have achieved something. This can also increase self-confidence in other areas of life.
5. Following a recipe teaches them arithmetic. Cooking teaches children everything from fractures to temperature to geometry. Is 1/2 cup more than 1/4 cup? What temperature does water have when it boils? What is the diameter of a frying pan?
6. Understanding a recipe improves reading skills. Cooking is one of the best ways to show children that reading can produce tangible results. Following instructions step by step is an important skill. By teaching children how to use this skill in cooking, she shows that reading can have very practical benefits.
7. The process of cooking teaches children the basics of chemistry. Take, for example, the tanning of marshmallows on brownies – that’s chemistry at the level a child can understand.
8. Shopping shows where food comes from. Part of cooking is shopping. When you cook together, a child learns that pizza doesn’t have to come out of a restaurant and pasta sauce doesn’t have to come out of a jar. One of the easiest and most fun things to bake with your child is bread. Many children think that bread is an unprocessed product, but showing them that you can make your own bread is a revelation to them!
9. teach children about culture. It is much more interesting to teach children about the Chinese New Year by cooking a typical Chinese dish, than by teaching them a history.
10. Cooking teaches children an important life lesson. When your children leave home, you don’t have to worry so much about them if they know how to cook. They will be less likely to run out of money if they don’t have to order food every day. In addition, they will eat healthier food if they know how to prepare healthy food.