Cooking with young children is a great way to nurture a love of food, and encourage them to discover and try new tastes and textures. You’ll find little foodies are much more likely to be adventurous if they’ve played a part in making the food.
Hillary’s top tips to get toddlers busy in the kitchen
- A little preparation can help things go smoothly. Talk about the recipe and then divide up the jobs so everyone has something important, fun and age-appropriate to do.
- Remember that simple jobs are often the most fun for little ones. Put children in charge of finding ingredients or cooking utensi|s, rinsing vegetables, mashing potatoes, squeezing lemons and sprinkling herbs and spices.
- Taste a|ong the way. Trying new flavours and ingredients will keep enthusiasm and energy levels high, and encourage children to eat the finished product.
- Celebrate when children learn a new skill. Our Little Chef's Skills Chart can help.
- Relax and have fun. It may get a bit messy but give little ones plenty of freedom to be creative. It's the best way to make sure they enjoy cooking and want to help out.