As parents and/or guardians, we try hard to tame them by putting them to sleep or getting them to play with their favorite toys and most of the time, we fail.
Keeping them busy in the kitchen is one creative way to keep an eye on the ‘monsters’ while you go about your activities in the kitchen.
This strategy is educative as cooking becomes part of the kids while they grow and also allows you to spend quality time with them. In our part of the world, we did not get it this way and this is the reason most guys cannot cook.
Here are some of the fun and creative ways to involve kids in the kitchen beyond just stirring.
1. Wash fruits and vegetables.
Naturally, children just love to play with water so why not give them the opportunity of a lifetime to do what they do best?
2. Set the table.
This can be fun and educative at the same time. Obviously, it teaches kids how to set tables and also develop their counting abilities. You can even make up a song for setting up the table. Cool right?
3. Mix ingredients.
Your kids can help you mix the ingredients that are needed for the food, especially in baking.
4. Load and unload the dishwasher.
The least kids can do in the kitchen is help with the dishes.
5. Help write grocery list.
Kids are excellent inventory keepers, writing grocery list is the easiest task you can assign to them.
6. Measure ingredients.
Food ingredients are taken in the right proportions. Tell the kid how much is needed and save yourself the stress. They’ll enjoy doing this and you’ll be surprised.
7. Readout recipes.
Another fun way to engage kids in the kitchen is to let them read the recipe book. Teach them the process as they read. This improves their reading skills.
8. Sort out ingredients.
You wouldn’t mix all the bad ingredients with the good ones to cook. If the little one is around, he/she can help sort out all the bad ones from the good.
9. Being an ‘assistant’ chef.
Like a master and his apprentice, your little one can assist you as you cook by handing you ingredients and utensils when you need them.
10. Fetch the forgotten item.
Oh, shoot! You forgot to buy that ingredient from the market; this is where your kid comes in. You can send them to get you the item you forgot. They helped in writing the list so they will feel responsible for the lost item.
After all is done, a simple thank you or praise will be enough motivation to get them the next time you need them in the kitchen.