We have been interviewing Keisha T. Prosser – The Mobile Cooking Teacher on Using Your Cooking Skills To Teach Others About Good Nutrition (March. 15, 2016) and The Mobile Cooking Teacher – Inspiring A New Generation Of Cooks (March. 19, 2019). To see the interviews again just click and follow the above links.
Splendid Recipes: Today we are going to let Keisha explain the right time to start teaching your children cooking skills. Okay Keisha, we pass the platform over to you.
Keisha: Thanks Randy. Do you have children? Have you ever thought when would be a good time to start teaching my child how to cook? But not only cook, but cook healthy meals.
It is true we are all busy, but our children will not always be with us, and they need to know the importance of COOKING. And it doesn’t matter if they are a girl or boy, we all should have some basic cooking skills.
Okay, so when is a good time to start teaching your children? Let’s talk about age groups and what are some skills they can learn during those ages.
Teaching Children Age Appropriate Cooking Skills
Here are the age appropriate cooking skills to teach your children.
Preschoolers – 6 years old
This age group can help preparing fruit and pasta salads, help with setting the table, and for those who can read, they can read the recipe ingredients and directions with you. Doing so will help them learn to follow recipe directions.
They can measure ingredients, learn how to use a food timer, including a meat thermometer. They can help with making smoothies by allowing the child to place the ingredients into the blender.
This is also a wonderful age group to let help with baking cookies, as they can learn the effort that goes into making one of their favorite snacks.
Explain to them how herbs and spices flavor a recipe. You might think teaching this to a preschooler to 6 year old would be something they wouldn’t understand, which may be true at first. But repetition is key to teaching children the skills of cooking.
Other things this age group can help with in food preparation is preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner, helping with menu planning, as well as helping to clean up the kitchen after eating.
This age group is the right time to start and teach them the importance of eating healthy.
Continue with what they have learned up to age six, that is measuring ingredients, making smoothies, menu planning, and help with cleaning the kitchen.
Ages 7 to 12 is a good age group to start teaching kitchen prep work, that is cutting up fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, and cheeses that will go into the recipe you are preparing.
Continue with teaching them the importance of healthy eating, flavoring foods with herbs and spices, including following and reading recipe directions.
This age group can start learning to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner by themselves.
They even make their favorite cookies on their own, including learning how to cook different cuisines, like a simple Asian stir-fry or Mexican food, like tacos.
They still should be encouraged to read and follow recipe directions. At this age let them sit with a paper and pencil and plan out the weeks menu.
Letting them do this will help them learn appreciation for planning ahead to eat, instead of waiting to the last minute when you are really hungry, and may go for some junk food.
We all would like meals to be done in 20 minutes or less, at least I do.
Here are some simple ingredients you can teach your child to mix together to form different recipes in the kitchen.
You can do 3 easy things with these ingredients: Lemon, Garlic, Salt, Sugar, Olive Oil, and Onion.
Salad Dressing: Lemon, Olive Oil, Garlic, Onion, Salt and Lemon Zest.
Marinade: Lemon, Garlic, Onion and Olive Oil
The ideas are endless with these simple ingredients.
Having your family helping in the kitchen more is one way to make sure everyone is eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Preparing meals together brings you closer as a family. You are teaching your family how to cook healthier and smarter.
Remember, the heart of the home is in the kitchen, and a healthy kitchen, is a healthy heart.
Splendid Recipes: Thanks so much Keisha, for taking the time out to share all that you have with us on teaching good nutrition through cooking, inspiring future cooks, and cooking together as a family.
Keisha: No thank you Randy for this opportunity. And I appreciate any one who would like to follow me on any one of the social net works I am on.
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