I had a little helper in the kitchen today. Every morning, I allot 20 minutes for making breakfast, not a minute more or there will be chaos.
My mornings are busy as I’m sure most of yours are, so I was about to give up on breakfast when Isabel decided to wake up 45 minutes earlier than usual. So I decided to conduct an experiment and have her “help” me in the kitchen. Remember, my triplets are 2 years and 4 months, so I wasn’t sure it was the brightest idea.
Maya has always promoted involving kids in the kitchen for a variety of different reasons: cooking helps them understand where their food is coming from and they take a certain kind of ownership over the foods they help prepare. Needless to say, they also like spending time with you. Well, today went great! It takes a little more time, of course, having a toddler sitting on your kitchen counter, but my daughter really enjoyed watching me measure the ingredients and count how many pancakes we could fit in the pan. I might have cheated a little and given her a few crackers to keep her busy, but I honestly think she enjoyed being in the kitchen with me and helping out.
It doesn’t always go as well, as you can see in some of these pictures, but still, I’m almost always happy when I take the time to get them involved! They learn to be careful around the stove, they understand that liquids can spill, and a whole lot of basic skills. Michael Pollan says that children are inherently drawn to the process of cooking because cooking is about transformation…and for kids, that’s kind of like magic! So, if you can, try not to fret about the little messes. The benefits of getting your little ones involved usually far outweigh the risks.
The time when Isabel stole the raisins while I had the fridge open and basically finished the whole
thing before I noticed.
Isabel and Maria decided to help “organize” the kitchen while I tried to make dinner…
I’m sure all kids love the dishwasher right? Please tell me it’s not only mine!
How can you get your kids involved in cooking today? Any ideas or stories about cooking with kids are greatly appreciated!