I have always enjoyed time in the kitchen. For my 8th birthday I was given a cookbook and a cookie sheet. I still have that cookbook and my sons used it often when they were learning to cook. We have a lot of memories connected with food and family.
Joel loves to come up with new combinations of foods. We have a wonderful camping story about Joel that involved fresh trout, bacon and a special apple chutney he whipped up to make a bacon wrapped stuffed trout for our dinner when I had planned canned chili! haha. Danielle enjoys cooking with Ansel and Zoe. This week she had the kids make applesauce with the apples from her parents tree. Ansel and Zoe are so proud of their adventures in the kitchen. When Ansel was two he would imitate the adults cooking in the kitchen at his little kitchen that was set up near the stove. He would have us sample his delicious meals while we were making the evening meal.
Both of our sons enjoyed spending time with us in the kitchen. They enjoyed eating what they made as well! Being together preparing a meal makes a memory and the aromas from those foods will bring back memories when the smells come wafting through your kitchen again. When Nick was in college he would come home and chat in the kitchen while we made cookies. The smell of cookies baking in the oven brings back the memories of those times together in the kitchen. Children enjoy being part of the family meal planning and being involved in the making of that meal. Cooking with children can be a fun learning experience that can create some wonderful memories and develop family traditions.
Here are five ways to enjoy cooking with your children while raising an adventurous eater along the way.
Along with cooking children develop a sense of belonging when given responsibilities at mealtime. They can help set the table, tear the lettuce for a salad and bring the dishes to the kitchen after the meal. With the table centerpiece they create they will be so proud of what they have contributed to the meal time table. I hope you find ways to include your child in the meal preparations for your family. The holiday season is a great time to create some family traditions in the kitchen. Some of these traditions will become memories of activities that you will remember with the scent of cookies coming out of the oven, bread baking or the smell of pancakes on the griddle. I know I am transported back in time with a variety of aromas in the kitchen...yummy food, lots of laughter and family fun. Enjoy making your own memories in the kitchen with your child.