By Lisa Holcomb
It can be so much easier to cook when we don’t have to worry about our children in the kitchen at the
same time. And the kitchen can be a
dangerous place for small children. But
with proper supervision, there is much
children can learn by our sides in the
From toddler stage through the teen
years, our kids want and need to be in the
kitchen. What are some of the reasons
we should encourage them to discover
the world of cooking with us?
• Kids are more likely to eat what they
make. It doesn’t mean that they will
devour the spinach or asparagus that
they have helped to make. However,
they are much more likely to at least
try it. And who knows? Maybe they
will devour the spinach or broccoli.
• Learning math skills. It’s amazing
how many math skills can be taught
when cooking with your children—
from simple adding and subtracting to
fractions. Sometimes they don’t even
realize they are learning math skills.
If you homeschool, this can easily
become part of your kids’ curriculum.
• Safety. Cooking helps children learn
about being safe in the kitchen. There
can be so many dangers in the kitchen
for small children. They start learning
safely from a very young age just what
those dangers are when they are working under a parent’s supervision.
Kids in the Kitchen
The Benefits of Cooking Together