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Cooking with Kids!

Posted on 06-10-2017

If you’re looking for a new activity or hobby to get your preschooler involved in this summer, why not try cooking? Whether your little one is a natural-born foodie or they’re an extremely picky eater, cooking together has numerous benefits from developing cognitive skills to exploring a brand new hobby. Here’s how you can get cooking with your kiddo.

Learn to identify different flavors together!

Set up four small bowls, one filled with salt, one with honey, one with pepper, and the last with lemon juice. Take turns taste testing each ingredient and describe them as salty, sweet, sour, spicy, or bitter. Then incorporate these flavors into whatever you plan on cooking!

Start small.

Start with simple tasks like stirring batter together, pouring measuring cups of ingredients into a bowl, or tearing lettuce to add to a salad. Even the small steps of cooking can be a fun experience, and your little one will love getting involved.

Make a smoothie!

One easy snack to make is a delicious, fruit smoothie. All you need is a blender, frozen fruit of your choice, and a splash of milk, fruit juice, or water. Adding a dollop of Greek yogurt makes for a super smooth consistency. Blend all your ingredients together and serve it up!

Have a family pizza party!

This cooking activity is perfect for every member of the family to get involved in. When grocery shopping, purchase already cooked pizza dough, pesto or tomato sauce, and any other toppings of your choice, such as cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, or bell pepper. Assemble your pizza-making station, let everyone choose the toppings they want, and enjoy this savory meal all together.

Believe it or not, cooking can even help your child develop cognitive skills. Measuring ingredients or counting eggs is great math practice, while following a recipe teaches your child to follow instructions and improves their listening skills. So, get started and have fun!

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