Saturday, May 31, 2008

Getting Kids Into The Kitchen

Many parents shoo their children out of the kitchen. But in actual fact, getting kids into the kitchen is very beneficial for them and for you. Cooking is a skill that should not be overlooked. And I'm not just talking about teaching your daughters how to cook, but also your sons.
For young children, they are many hidden lessons in the kitchen - math, science, reading. You can also build up their motor skills when you teach them to crack eggs, help do the whipping or stirring, kneading, rolling, cutting, pouring, peeling, etc.... Not forgetting passing down knowledge you don't find in books such as the fastest way to peel garlic, how to counteract spiciness, what is the best soy sauce to use etc....

When I was in primary school, I joined the Brownies. I remember one activity that involved cooking. One girl cooked French Toast and it was really good. I recall wondering "where did she learn to do that?" I was quite amazed at her capability.

Well, I've decided that I need to rope in my daughter into the kitchen more often. I've been inspired by some moms out there who cook with their children every Saturday. I think this is a wonderful idea. Not only do the children learn, but it's also a great way to bond and spend some quality time together.

Here's K trying not to burn the french toast.

First time I'm trusting her with a knife.

Edible? Baby thinks so. It turned out great.

An important part of cooking is learning to prepare the ingredients. I had K peel garlic for me today. A whole bunch of them. She was a great help and freed up some time for me to clean the fans in the house. She learned something today -- peeling garlic is sticky. Oh, she learned another thing -- your hands smell of garlic even after you wash :)

BTW, K is going to be 7 years old this year. I believe you can start getting them into the kitchen at about 5 years old.


  1. bravo to u have an excellent helper in the kitchen :)

  2. This is indeed a very good idea! I have the same thoughts that boy also must know how to cook!

  3. Very good idea. I have 2 girls, first one is turning 5 next year. I'll get her into kitchen more from now on.

  4. Wah a little chef. It's good to teach kids some ez recipe. Nowadays some kinddy do teach kids cooking.

  5. You're gonna have a lot of little chef there. Excellent helpers. Very well done :)

  6. U're lucky to have a 'litte maid' who can help out whereas for mine, I've to do the clearing up more than she helps me ... sigh ...

  7. My gals love to help out in the kitchen too but sometimes I forbade them, esp when I am in a hurry. K is such a good helper eh? And your BB D has grown so much... I almost cant recognize him.


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