I enjoy cooking with my kids. My girls especially enjoy being in the kitchen with me. Over the last few years I have found a few things that work for me in making it fun for all of us.
First of all my girls love aprons. So, I have bought them some fun aprons. A few years ago I got them kids aprons that were fun colors. They were bright pink and green. They have out grown those, so this year for Christmas I bought them some fun retro aprons off Etsy. They love them. They think it is so fun to put them on, even for doing dishes. These were well worth it just to make cooking and chores more fun for them. Plus, not only are the fun they help keep their clothes cleaner.
Second, I have found that my girls love having their own cookbooks. I have bought them several over the years. Some have been better than others, but they have enjoyed all of them. They love to look through their own cookbook choosing recipes to make. Yes, I could have them look through my cookbooks, but they really have enjoyed having their own books. A lot of kids books contain recipes for things that most of us really would not make or like. Or they are so simple that you really do not need a recipe. I like kids cookbooks that contain recipes that are set up for kids to understand, but that contain recipes that the whole family will enjoy. This year for Christmas I gave my 8 year old the Paula Deen’s kids cookbook and she loves it. There are all kinds of recipes in it from making homemade peanut butter to quiche to salad. It is a really nice cookbook. We also like the Williams and Sonoma kids cooking and baking books.
I let my kids help do things like peeling potatoes and helping to measure things while I am cooking. These are important things to learn, but I think it is also very important that they learn to follow a recipe from start to finish. There are many adults that are intimidated with cooking, mainly because they have never really followed a recipe. I want my girls to know how to use a recipe. Plus, they can learn a lot just by following a recipe. It teaches then to follow directions. It teaches them math and the importance of doing math right. It teaches them patience and many more things. I think that having their own cookbooks makes it not only fun but a learning experience.
I hope to start posting weekly on cooking with kids. I think it would be fun and give me motivation to cook more with my kids, but I am not sure if this would be a popular subject. Is this a subject that any of you would be interested in hearing about?