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Why Cook with Kids?

Spending time with your children in the kitchen can be very rewarding - for both them and you. Not only is it fun, but there are many developmental benefits to having kids in the kitchen.

  • Teaches teamwork by working and sharing with others in the kitchen
  • Builds organization and math skills by counting, measuring and following recipe directions
  • Builds confidence, responsibility and self esteem
  • Encourages creativity
  • Builds sensory skills through tasting, hearing, touching, smelling and seeing different foods
  • Develops motor skills such as hand eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • Allows you to spend fun time together and encourages bonding between siblings by fostering sharing and communication
  • Builds a foundation for healthy habits and food and nutrition skills that will be carried on throughout their lives
  • Increases a child's interest in trying new foods by increasing exposure to a variety of foods
  • Reinforces family traditions and heritage by sharing recipes
  • Increases likelihood of meeting nutritional requirements. Families who cook and eat together tend to have a more sound nutritional intake and include a wider variety of foods in their diet.
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