Growing up I have many great memories of helping my parents cook and watching them enjoy preparing meals for the family. I am lucky to come from a family with parents who both love to cook. I have learned so much from them over the years and now one of my passions is cooking. Littles can learn so many lessons from helping out in the kitchen. Just to name a few: counting, patience, and follow through. It can defiantly get messy and take much longer than if you were cooking by yourself but it is so worth seeing the enjoyment on their faces and for them to know they are “helping”. Riley is all about helping right now so whenever he asks to help I give him a small task to feel as if he is participating.
A couple weeks ago we were invited to take a toddler cooking class at the Halle Heart Museum in Phoenix and it was so much fun! At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, the first thought that came to mind was, “Hmm that sounds like a mess!” I was right, it was a mess but the most fun part was that it was welcome. The littles were encouraged to get their hands dirty, flour on their faces and reminded that even if some ingredients got on the floor – all was good.
We learned how to make sweet potato gnocchi and it turned out delicious! The instructor was so kind and encouraging to each kiddo. She walked us through the recipe and even gave cooking tips to use at home.
If you are in the Phoenix area and would like to check out the toddler test kitchen they are offering a special discount to you!
OFFER CODE : TTK- DSmith (No longer Valid)
You can also get a discount on pre-purchase tickets here for the summer series.
Below is a list of age-appropriate tasks for your kiddos to help you within the kitchen.
Photo credit: Kitchen Skills by Age – Williams Sonoma
I encourage you to have your little ones join you in the kitchen!