When kids are at home on holidays, they are usually bored and end up plonked in front of the tv with a bowl of unhealthy food in their hands.  Getting off the couch usually involves a trip to the fridge for a refill and, for many parents, holidays at home can end up being more of a nightmare than anything else. Apart from the copious amounts of cooking you will have to do, there is also the cleaning up.

At some point you might realise that it if the kids are always in the kitchen, it would be a great idea to teach them how to do some meal preparation for themselves. This will get them out of your hair and will teach them some independence.

Kids in The Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen is a great way to help you get started with your kids. It’s a show with quick, simple and tasty treats that your kids will love and are easy enough for you to just leave them to it – with a little supervision of course.  Let them try making their own pancakes for breakfast, ice-cream cookies for a hot summer’s day or a fruit-salad snack.

Characters

Rizan and Abrar, two confident, energetic young girls with yummy recipes to try in the kitchen.  They are just two bubbly girls cooking up tasty treats that are simple enough for your kids to try at home and are really fun to watch.

Features

All the recipes are given in the show descriptions, so you can prepare beforehand. The recipes are quick and easy, although you will have to supervise your children using the stove and sharp  objects or electrical equipment in the kitchen. It gives adequate safety tips so your kids can learn how to be careful when cooking in future. The mood is fun and informal. It makes you feel like you are cooking with friends, so your kids will love it.

Recommendations

There are many benefits of teaching your kids to cook and this is a lovely show to help you do it. Here are some reasons why you should really get them to try something for themselves in the kitchen if they haven’t already.

  • Cooking is a skill they will use for the rest of their lives
  • They will be more likely to eat something they made themselves, so if your child is a fussy eater, this is a great way to get them out of it
  • It’s a great bonding experience to learn how to cook with your child
  • There are many teachable moments in the kitchen. You can talk about nutrition, health and other words of wisdom that you might want to bring up and share as a parent.
  • It gives your child a sense of accomplishment and confidence to  be able to create a meal that they can eat
  • It can teach them about failure and to keep trying. If it doesn’t work out the first time, try and try again!
  • Cooks are creative. It’s a great way to teach them how to experiment with new ideas and be creative in the kitchen. This is something they can apply to all areas of their lives.

Tips for making the best of Kids in the Kitchen:

  • Let them collect all the ingredients before hand
  • Allow them decorate it by themselves and try not to interfere
  • Encourage them to be creative and use their own ideas
  • Allow them to substitute and experiment with different ingredients
  • Supervise when it’s time to use any appliances.
  • Encourage them  to try again when they fail and reassure them that it is normal to practise a few times before getting it right
  • Make sure they learn how to clean up when they are done
  • Enjoy the yummy treats together!

One of my favourite moments in life was when my little boy  was around six and he said to me, “Mum, when you die, can you please give me all your recipes,”  because he was worried that he wouldn’t get to taste my cooking anymore (I was so flattered). Since then, I make sure that I write a copy of my new recipes and put it away in our recipe box so he will have something to remember me by every time he decides to try one out. You should make cooking a part of your family tradition too.

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About the author

Zahara is an entrepreneur, homeschooling mom, education specialist, UX designer and writer. She currently lives in South Africa and works with social enterprises and faith based companies around the world. You can see some of her projects at http://zaharacassim.com/

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