It is March Break and the kids are screaming for something to do. How about spending some time in the kitchen teaching them to cook?
By Lori Tinella
It may be hard to have the kids in the kitchen when you just home from work and want to get your hungry family fed. Why not try spending some time cooking together this March Break when you are not so pressed for time?
1. – Learning to cook helps kids to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. Growing up with fast food and junk food can be a part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise. Teaching kids to cook healthy instills skills to last them a lifetime.
2. If your child needs a boost of self confidence, (and who doesn’t!) cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family.
3. Take time to cook with your kids and they will have memories that they, in turn, can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or snack done but the moments with your children will be priceless.
4. Perhaps it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but they will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.
5. Cooking will help reinforce all these subjects!
6. This can be especially helpful when kids grow up to be on their own. They won’t have to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain them.
8. , whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.
10. Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations.
Lori Tinella is the founder, owner of Little Chefs based in Erin, Ontario