Most children are very curious and want to be involved with cooking. Cooking is a wonderful activity that a parent or caregiver and a child can enjoy together. It's a learning activity about food, nutrition, safety and cleanliness and one that will give the child a wonderful sense of accomplishment after the project is complete. It's even better if it can be part of first a growing project, then a cooking project and finally a sharing project.
My granddaughter Zoe has grown up cooking and now her little cousins Caelan and Rory are following in her footsteps. Even Zoe's brother Gage knows his way around the kitchen. On Zoe's visit here this summer, she cooked several meals: most notably a delicious stir fry and a wonderful quiche (and wrote a blog about it).
To enhance the cooking experience, here's a fun activity that children can enjoy: making their own special aprons to cook in. It's very easy. Just buy blank aprons at your favorite craft store and some waterproof acrylic paint or puff paints to decorate with. Get a BIG t-shirt to cover your little one (it can be a messy project) and let him or her go to work decorating a special apron to cook in.
Cooking with a child is a fun, life experience that all can enjoy