No pressure to taste
Getting kids in the kitchen and preparing foods is one of my top tips for helping with picky and fussy eating. But try not to pressure them to taste either the ingredients or the final meal. If they do that is brilliant. But if they don’t, that is ok too.
Time it right
Don’t wait until the kids are hungry or too tired before bringing them into the kitchen. Young attention spans are short as it is and attempting to cook with a cranky toddler will certainly try your patience!
Make sure you have all the ingredient you need you need before you whistle for your sous chefs! Freestyling isn’t to easy when you have keen kids at your feet.
You might have a few resignations of you try and control your little chefs too much.
Getting them engrossed and interacting with food is far more important that the end result. Put pay to ‘perfection’ and instead focus on the fun – and that means embracing a little mess too!
The kitchen is the perfect spot for an after-school social! Let’s face it, entertaining our own children is hard enough work, so why not get them putting that post-school energy to good use and helping you out – it’s also an ideal environment to get the kids talking and sharing about their day. Bonus!
An everyday activity
Baking is a great introduction to the culinary world (and let’s face it, we all have memories of licking the spoon when making cake!). But a healthy love all foods comes from involving them in everyday meal prep too. From making the morning toast and rolling the lunchtime wraps, to having a hand in making dinner, helping to preparing tasty, good food should be part of daily life.