Training The Next Masterchef: How To Get Your Kids Started In The Kitchen
Essentials Every Little Masterchef Needs There are a handful of tools that every little cook needs to get them started in the kitchen. The Little Cook specialises in supplying kitchen utensils suited perfectly for your little ones, such as a kids chef hat and apron, and kids oven mitts. Here are a few things your child will need to kick off their journey into the world of cooking.
Kids knives. Typically parents will do all the cutting for the kids when preparing food, leaving the little ones to stir, turn, or watch. However, slicing, dicing, and chopping are essential parts of food preparation, so your child should have the opportunity to learn. The KiddiKutter knife provides a safe option for your child to practice knife safety in the kitchen.
Kids disposable aprons. Children aren’t the world’s tidiest cooks, so disposable aprons are an easy, time-saving option if you’re cooking something messy. They’re super-efficient if you’re teaching your children to cook something like curry. Anyone who’s tried to get turmeric stains out of fabric will understand the advantage of kids disposable aprons!
Measuring cups. These are universally handy and are fantastic for teaching your child measurements and quantities. The colourful cups are brilliant for helping your child identify the correct measurement, so you won’t be getting a cup of salt when the recipe called for a teaspoon.
Kid’s disposable chef hat. How is one meant to know your child is a chef without the symbolic kids chefs hats?! Not only do these little hats look adorable, but they also prevent hair from falling into the food, so buying one is a win-win!
A mixing spoon. Every chef, big and small, needs a good mixing spoon with which to stir batters, sauces, and mixtures. The Little Cook stock a range of silicone mixing spoons in a variety of colours that are easy to use and easy to clean.
Some Things To Consider When Cooking With Kids
Teaching your kids to cook and passing on your passion for good food can be incredibly rewarding and fun for the whole family. However, there are some things you’ll need to keep in mind when setting your little ones about the kitchen.
There are a lot of jobs with which they’ll need help. Although we sell cute kids oven mitts, we don’t recommend letting your kids take hot trays out of the oven alone. All our tools are designed to help your child learn the fine motor skills required for specific actions, but you should always supervise them and help them along.
If you want to make a meal in a hurry, do it by yourself. You don’t have to include the kids every time you cook something. If you’re in a rush, kids underfoot may cause you to lose patience, thereby affecting their desire to be in the kitchen with you. When you want to involve your kids in the cooking process, make sure you have plenty of time on your hands, so there’s no rush. You can teach your kids in your own time.
Things are going to get messy! The Little Cook stocks kid’s cooking aprons because we know exactly how dirty and sticky kids can get when they’re helping their parents in the kitchen. Our range of kid’s aprons will keep at least their clothing clean, even though the rest of the kitchen may become a bit of a warzone.
Teach them some foundational life lessons. Not only will you be teaching your kids how to use knives, handle hot things, and read recipes, but you’ll also be able to teach them other aspects of personal safety such as hygiene. Teach your children to wash their hands regularly, to clean dishes as they go, and not to lick or eat unprepared food without asking first.
You may sound like a broken record. Initially, as your kids are learning, they may not listen as closely as you’d like when you’re explaining instructions. If you enforce the listening rule early, they’ll be far more likely to listen to you the first time as they get older, especially when it comes to delivering instructions. Try tricks their preschool or primary school teachers use such as short singing tunes, clapping sounds, or hands-on-heads.
How To Keep Them Interested In Cooking
If you’d like your children to share your lifelong passion for food and cooking, you’ll need to keep them interested from a young age. Here are a few tips from the team at The Little Cook on how to captivate your child with cooking.
Let them dress up. Something as simple as a kid’s apron set can encourage your children to be more engaged in the kitchen. If they can look like their chef heroes on TV, they’ll be way more interested in learning.
Give them a certain level of autonomy. While you should always help your children with dangerous jobs involving knives, ovens, and stoves, you must let them do certain things by themselves. There is nothing more satisfying than doing something all by yourself, and this sense of accomplishment will encourage your kids to come back for more. At The Little Cook, we stock things like our kid’s chef set, so your children feel independent in the kitchen.
Cook the things they’ll love. If your children adore pizza, you can easily incorporate tiny homemade pizzas into the range of things you cook with them. We know you’ll want them to prepare and eat healthy food, but our tip is to take the foods they already love and give them a healthy twist.
Take them grocery shopping with you. Make the whole experience of cooking fun from start to finish. Taking your kids shopping can be a very educational experience. You can teach them early on how to read prices, count money, and pick items they’ll need for their recipe. They’ll feel very grown-up helping you shop too.
Let them pick some tools they’d like to use in the kitchen. Whether it’s children’s aprons, whisks, or cake moulds, ask your child what they’d like to do in the kitchen and find a way to incorporate that into the experience. If you need any utensils suited for tiny hands, The Little Cook has a wide range of kids cooking equipment.
For A Kids Chef Hat and Apron and Other Utensils, Head To The Little Cook
The Little Cook is an Australian business passionate about getting kids into cooking. We adore passing on our knowledge and love for cooking with our kids, so we provide a vast range of kid’s cooking utensils, and kids chef sets so you can do the same with yours. We’re renowned for selling high-quality, safe, and easy-to-use kids baking equipment, and we love seeing the little ones in action. We value our customers greatly, so if there’s anything you can’t see on our online store, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. We’ll try our best to source it from one of our fantastic suppliers. Otherwise, have a browse online for a kid’s cooking apron today. We can’t wait to see what your little ones create!
Cooking is such an invaluable, practical life skill. As anyone with a passion for the culinary arts can tell you, it’s a functional and incredibly rewarding pastime. There are so many benefits to teaching your kids how to cook. They get to practice their literacy and numeracy skills, they have an opportunity to experience other cultures and cuisines, you get the chance to encourage healthy eating, and you get to spend quality time bonding with your kids over one of your passions. If you’re wondering where you should start in getting your kids passionate about cooking, the team at The Little Cook have a few tips and tricks to get you going.