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Do you have little kitchen helpers in your home?
My kids are very familiar with our kitchen. When they're not in there browsing the pantry or fridge for snacks, they're hanging about while I cook, squawking at me with ceaseless requests for spoon-licking and dish-
It's great to have the kids hanging about when there's something fun being baked or prepared in the kitchen. Despite the noise and mess of young helpers, it's a fantastic educational experience, don't you think, to rope in the kids when you're preparing a meal or a treat - no matter how insignificant.
Memories are made during these precious everyday moments, for everyone.
Often the kids are a great resource for meal and treat ideas too and I like to draw my own inspiration for our eats from them on occasion.
Just the other day, I put it to three of my boys, what they would like to learn to cook in our kitchen. The results are in:
Eleven year old Joaquin was keen on making donuts.
Seven year old Taite, (always an enthusiastic kiddo in the kitchen), was eager to master cakes and cookies.
Nine year old Ruben came up with lasagne. Brilliant!
Now lasagne is something I've not baked in ages and thinking about that, what a great dish to get kids cooking in the kitchen! There's so much fun to be had and many skills to master with a simple dish such as this: The browning of the meat, layering of the colourful vegetables, grating of cheese and the preparation and stirring of the all-important white sauce - all good kid exercises that will excite and inspire.
We've got to give this one a try and soon! (In the meantime, here's a spinach and ricotta cannelloni recipe that's a fun kid-make meal if you're on the look-out for a similar option to try together.)
Despite the reluctance of many of us in our time-poor lives to get the kids involved in this space, teaching kids how to cook in your kitchen doesn't have to be an elaborate or exhausting affair. (Because we all know that sometimes, it most certainly can be!)
It can bring just as much enjoyment to your child to learn to prepare a simple meal for themselves from scratch while teaching them a valuable life skill.
For toddlers and young kids of all ages, just learning to select and prepare their own basic fruit, vegetables and sandwich fillings from the fridge or cupboard can be a great way to familiarise them with healthy choices, food groups, new tastes and textures as well as concepts such as portion sizes. (Plus a million other lessons we grown-ups can barely fathom; like how to hold cutlery, handle crockery, wash hands and so on.)
Not forgetting to mention, that learning to cook is just a plain-fun activity for any child who aspires to the world of being grown-up, bringing a sense of pride and independence to your child and it's a brilliant tantrum-diverting exercise for the very young!
If you're not a fan of kids in your kitchen (or you're yet to try it), give it a decent shot!
It may come as a shock but can you believe that almost half of Australian kids are not learning to cook?
A report from a study involving more than 800 parents conducted by Nestlé Healthy Active Kids, revealed that 27% of Aussie kids never help out with the cooking at home. Forty-four per cent of parents stated they felt too time-poor to let their kids help them in the kitchen and a huge 43% of parents reported that their kids know less about cooking than they themselves did at the same age.
Teachers, parents and children can find so much about every aspect of healthy eating - from the growing of vegetables to fun recipe inspiration. Do be sure to check it out.
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Healthy choices for life begin with early experiences with foods and quality time spent together in your kitchen.
As part of this brilliant initiative, Nestlé Healthy Active Kids have produced these gorgeous and educational portion plates and children's aprons, as well as a range of lunchbox stickers to encourage parents and children alike, to get busy together in the kitchen. With every meal, kids can learn the importance of the food groups while finding the motivation to cook alongside mum and dad in their themed aprons designed specifically for young bodies!
To help spread the word about Nestlé Healthy Active Kids and increase awareness of this important life skill - learning to cook - Nestlé Healthy Active Kids have two packs of goodies to giveaway to two readers of Six Little Hearts, consisting of three Nestlé Healthy Active Kids aprons, three kids' portion plates and two adult portion plates valued at $60 each. All you've got to do to win is enter below.
For more details on the Nestlé Healthy Active Kids initiative, visit their comprehensive website.
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