Cooking with Kids
As parents, sometimes we choose not to involve our kids in the kitchen because we are in a hurry, we have other family members to take care of, or because we think that the kitchen is not a safe place for kids. Involving your kids in the kitchen has many benefits. When kids are helping you in the kitchen, they can learn concepts and skills that they will need when they start school. Washing, pouring, mixing, and spreading can help with motor skills. Naming objects and following directions helps with language skills. Measuring and counting helps with math skills. Understanding hot and cold, melting, browning, and evaporation helps with science skills. Finally, the time you spend with your child in the kitchen can help with their social skills.
To involve your kids in the kitchen, give them small tasks that are safe, interesting, and will not slow you down too much. Kids have a lot of energy. They don’t just want to watch you cook. They want to be involved!
Here are some ideas how you can involve your children in the kitchen:
Toddlers: Ask them to wash or scrub fruits or vegetables, tear lettuce or pieces of bread, snap vegetables like green beans or cauliflower.
Pre-school: Ask them to mix dry ingredients or batters, pour liquids, spread peanut butter, cut soft foods like bananas or olives with a dull butter knife or plastic knife.
School-age: Ask them to read the recipe to you, help measure ingredients using a measuring cup or spoon, make a list.
Lastly, here are a few tips to remember. Before starting, remind your child to wash his hands. Always supervise your children. Set grounds rules by telling them what is dangerous. Encourage them to help with cleaning and putting things away. Be open-minded and patient. Remember that although it can be messy, kids like to be in the kitchen because they just want to be with you!
Joy Ahrens is a Registered Dietitian for the WIC Nutrition Program. This program offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, checks for healthy foods, and referrals to qualifying women, infants and children under five years of age. To see if you qualify for the WIC Program, call 818-361-7541.
ADVERTISE WITH US
It’s been an exciting year, and we can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring us! We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season, and that this New Year brings only good health and happiness. On our cover this month, we feature our very own Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of...read more
The third largest City in LA County and one of the most business friendly cities in the country deserves a strong Chamber of Commerce. Over the last year, the SCV Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of 2017 Chairman John Musella, took the organization on an...read more
Students Off And Running (SOAR) To Host 8th Annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K at Valencia Town Center in Santa Clarita
Bring the whole family Sunday February 25th as the Santa Clarita Track Club and Westfield’s Valencia Town Center celebrate the 8th Annual Mardi Gras Madness at Valencia Town Center in Valencia! Mardi Gras Madness is a premier family fun run / walk centered in the...read more
ABOUT THE MAGAZINE
The Magazine of Santa Clarita has set a high standard for excellence in advertising for over 25 years. A family owned and operated business, The Magazine of Santa Clarita has grown with the Santa Clarita Valley since 1989 and become the #1 place to advertise locally.
SANTA CLARITA MAGAZINE