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Cooking with Chef Jacob: The Importance of Teaching Kids to cook

My blogs have gotten a bit serious here at The Purple Almond lately, so I decided it was time to lighten things up a bit. Starting with cooking with kids. I tried to get my kids to learn my love of cooking from a young age.I always told my kids they would learn basic skills. I didn't want them surviving on pizza and ramen noodles in college. Also, they can certainly impress a date somewhere down the road, by cooking them a nice dinner.

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

About Tamara Hoerner (1004 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

12 Comments on Cooking with Chef Jacob: The Importance of Teaching Kids to cook

  1. I love this post! I am a fan of getting kids in the kitchen early on and getting them comfortable with cooking. There are so many life skills/lessons/stories that can be learned over a pot of beans or a pan of cake.

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  2. Such a great post and a little cutie he is! I love cooking with my daughter. So much quality time spent together and learning all at the same time. She will be out of the house before I know it and I want her to know the importance of eating healthy and spending time with family. So much better than in front of a computer or ipad. I can’t wait to show her these videos. 🙂 Thanks


  3. Sounds fun! Great post – well done Jacob!

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  4. I love how you state that cooking is not just about the ingredients and how it is much more. Cooking does allow the kids and adults to be creative, learn about what is healthy and incorporates other content areas of math, science and reading. I teach family consumer science in a middle school and I feel this blog would be great to show students at the start of the course and also for parents night to let parent know the important of this subject in schools.
    Thanks, Carol

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. 😊🙏 As a former middle school teacher myself, it warms my heart to think my words and this blog could help kids. When I first read your post, one of the first things that came to mind was having your students write guest posts on my blog. They could write about their experiences with cooking, or whatever you find relevant to your class. Send me an email and let me know what you think. My information is on my contact page. 👍🙏


  5. 🙏😊👌👍😘


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