Little hands inspire creative kitchens: How to encourage kids to cook

Posted September 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, a central place where families gather to relax, work, share stories and most importantly – cook meals together. By teaching your kids how to help in the kitchen from meal prep to cleanup, you’re also helping them understand how to prepare healthy meals and appreciate food for years to come.

If you want to get your kids motivated in the kitchen, and help them learn about food preparation, healthy eating, math and measurements, try these helpful tips from Chef Peter Thornhill, LG’s executive chef:

Grocery discoveries. When children are involved in picking out new foods, such as an exciting new vegetable, they’re more likely to try (and like) new things, helping to expand their palate.

Party in the kitchen! The more excited you are to cook with your kids, the more excited they will be, too. Turn on some music, have a giggle, and share tidbits about your day as you whip up something delicious.

More pepper? During the cooking process, taste the food and talk with your kids about alterations. This will encourage them to engage their palate and analyze the flavors they taste.