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Let's get Cooking!

Posted on September 13, 2013 07:31 am

Children like to cook and they like to eat even more. A successful cooking adventure takes some planning. Children can get bored easily and sometimes it’s a challenge keeping them engaged. Keep the main focus of the class on having fun. Children have fun learning to read through the recipe, measuring, scooping, and mixing to make healthy snacks and meals. Math, science and food history can be incorporated into lessons. I love to tell food history stories about foods such as Queen Margherita pizza and fortune cookies. Lessons on eating well will carry children through a lifetime of making smart choices about food and nutrition. Children, parents and educators alike should visit www.choosemyplate.gov for a great example of a balanced meal.

Here are some tips to get children involved with cooking:

  • Talk about Super Foods; beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, wild salmon, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, yogurt and what they are and how to incorporate them in cooking.
  • Before cooking, kids should wash their hands with soap and water. Sing happy birthday for several verses to make sure hands are clean. Remind them if they touch their hair, face or floor to wash again.
  • Wear an apron to keep clothes clean. Don’t wear shirts with long, loose sleeves. Pull back long hair into a ponytail. Wear close-toed shoes.
  • Always use hot mitts to handle hot items from the stove, oven or microwave.
  • When cooking at the stove, turn handles of the pans and skillets toward the middle or back of the stove in case they get bumped.
  • Know where your first aid kit and fire extinguisher is located and how to use it.
  • Always pick up a knife or kitchen scissors by the handle. Leave sharp on the counter until you are ready to wash them. Don’t put them in soapy water; wash one at a time.
  • Talk about obesity in the United States and the problems now and in the future for overweight children.
  • Stress the importance of exercise everyday.

Happy cooking and remember to have fun!

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