Why should I invite my kiddo into the kitchen?

From the desk of local Chef Kibby!

Being in the kitchen teaches valuable life skills.
Along with knowing how to prepare food, they learn things like math, science, nutrition, time management, problem-solving, and a host of others.

Being in the kitchen builds confidence and self-esteem.
Contributing to a family meal gives little ones a strong sense of satisfaction and personal pride that can spill over into other aspects of their lives.

Being in the kitchen can increase willingness to try new things.
Kids who have helped prepare a meal that includes unfamiliar or potentially undesirable ingredients have a vested interest in eating what they’ve made.

Being in the kitchen with a parent, grandparent, or adult - builds stronger relationships.
Rather than sending them outside, to the playroom, or to a glowing screen, inviting them to work by your side in the kitchen allows you to bond and form deeper attachments to one another – especially critical in foster and adoptive parenting.

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tasks
Blending batters
Rolling or kneading dough
Mashing bananas or cooked potatoes

Loading and unloading the dishwasher
Folding napkins and setting the table
Cracking eggs
Washing fruits or vegetables

Rinsing rice before cooking
Picking or tearing herbs
Measuring dry ingredients
Peeling fruits (banana, mandarin oranges)

Mixing ingredients for meatballs, meatloaf, or hamburgers
Washing dishes
Sorting recyclables