Kids in the Kitchen

Schools will be slowly letting out over the next few months, and summer will be in full swing. Take advantage of the long summer days and create memories with your kids. One great way is spending time in the kitchen.

The sad reality is that kids of all ages do not know how to cook. This essential life skill has been lost in the generational gap. Today’s definition of cooking is nuking a hot pocket in the microwave. While the kitchen is a great place for hands-on, interactive learning, many children of all ages miss out on the opportunity to learn how to cook. With all the hustle and bustle of New York City, it can be challenging to include extra time to passing on this essential life skill.

Teaching kids to cook at home is a gateway to get them excited about nutrition. When you include kids in the process of cooking, it organically brings up conversations around where food comes from and the importance of fresh ingredients.

In the kitchen, kids get to explore their creativity and have a chance to see how beautiful, fresh, tasty dishes can be easily made at home. Cooking is also crucial in combating childhood obesity as downward trends in cooking are one of many factors impacting childhood obesity and diet-related diseases.

Encouraging kids in the kitchen builds confidence and helps develop math and reading skills through following instructions and measuring ingredients. Kids who are exposed to different types of ingredients through cooking tend to be more adventurous when trying new foods. They develop a hunger to experiment with new foods to make different dishes and discover what tastes best. Above all, cooking with kids is a valuable family activity that creates long-lasting memories. This special time gives you a window to connect with your child.

If you are unsure of where to start in guiding your kids to be culinary rock stars, there are a million online resources! Corbin Hill’s recipe blog is full of family-friendly, easy, healthy, and affordable recipes that you can create at home.

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