Though my older son didn’t care for it, my youngest son took to it like a fish to water. The first thing I taught him to cook was grilled cheese, he was about 8 years old. I gave him instructions, and was there for guidance, but, that’s it. He took the reigns. Expecting the sandwiches to be burned, like my first grilled cheese, many a moon ago, however, my son’s grilled cheese turned out perfectly. Toasty brown on the outside, gooey melted cheese on the inside and tasted wonderful. To this day, if we have grilled cheese, he makes them. His cooking skills have expanded quite a bit since then, but he is the grilled cheese connoisseur at our house.
Teaching kids to cook is a wonderful way to introduce them to healthy food, then to include them in the cooking process. Kids learn so much more than just basic cooking skills in the kitchen. They can enhance school skills as well. :
- Math-measurement skills and fractions
- Reading-critical thinking, following directions
- Chemistry-learning basic chemistry, such as why the noodles soften or cake rises
- Culture-as they cook meals from around the world, learn about countries of origin
Probably the most important part of cooking with kids, are the memories created as they create masterpieces, priceless.
Now it’s time for some recipes. I present you with “Chef” Jacob, 6 years old, will cook two different recipes for you. ENJOY!!
In this first video, Jacob shows us how to make pumpkin seeds.
In the next video, Chef Jacob teaches how to make pumpkin pancakes.
For more “Cooking with Jacob” videos, go to the Ballinger Family youtube channel: here