Want to get your kids cooking, but wondering how to start with your toddler or preschooler? Of course nurturing an interest in the kitchen has lifelong benefits for kids. If they’ve been preparing meals from a young age, they won’t need to rely on fast food and frozen pizza once they are out on their own. Plus there are future benefits for you, once they have some real skills to help with preparation. And it can be lots of fun. But it can also feel stressful. Cooking with young children requires tons of patience, which might be in short supply while you’re rushing to get a meal on the table.
Raising cooking-confident kids is an ongoing process, and you can start small. There are so many things to learn. When they are little, they can learn a lot from activities that don’t require them to be all up in the middle of what you are doing. In this post, I’ve compiled some ways to introduce cooking concepts to toddlers without slowing you down (much) while you’re preparing a meal. Some of these can be done outside of regular meal-prep time, and some can be done alongside you while you do the “real” preparation. Continue reading “Getting Started With Young Kids in the Kitchen – Without Adding Stress While You Cook!”