Kids Can Cook!

Everywhere I turn I see kids cooking in the kitchen. Maybe that's because I spend so much time in my own kitchen! My kids like to push my hand down on the knife handle to chop vegetables, and nothing is funnier than seeing them crack an egg on their own! Breaking up “sandcastles” of brown sugar, and scooping cookies are highly coveted jobs around here as well.

My first grader even went to Sweet Designs Cooking Camp this summer, and now easily throws around words such as “fondant” and “mise en place.” And my preschooler likes to determine what are “chef” jobs for him and “sous chef” jobs for me! Yes, we do watch some Food Network shows together! Our new favorite show is “Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.” All of us are so impressed and inspired by these culinary whiz kids.

If your kids aren’t quite ready to cook on national television, there are lots of other ways to get them involved in their own kitchens. Here are some of them:

- We Heart Cooking by Lilly & Audrey, The Twin Chefs, can be pre-ordered now. This cookbook contains 85 easy gourmet recipes that kids can prepare with a little grown-up help.

- Cooking kits from Kidstir arrive in the mail with recipes and ingredients for kids to create breakfast, snacks and even tacos!

- Playful Chef sells all the cooking tools kids will need in a size made just for them.

- A new app called Toca Kitchen lets kids experiment with different ingredients and cooking methods in a fun way.

Of course the best way to get kids involved in cooking is to let them shop for their own ingredients and figure out how to use them. With a little help from their parents of course!

Rachel Teichman is the founder of OOGIAH, an online resource for Jewish families who are moving or traveling throughout the US. The site includes a blog full of creative ways for families to cook, craft and play together. Rachel has also edited the SF Bay Area family events calendar for Red Tricycle, along with writing about family-friendly restaurants. She is a mother of two, and she loves to bake scones! You can find out more about her here.

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