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Teaching children how to cook is a wonderful opportunity and a great start to teach how to become independent. Cooking should not be relegated only to mothers and the house help. If all family members should eat together at the dining table, then why shouldn’t they cook together as well? In fact, I think it is great if all members of the family are involved in cooking for the whole family.
The great thing about teaching kids cooking skills is that it involves learning many things – from chemistry, to culture and geography. Kids are always open-minded, adventurous and creative when trying out new activities and endeavors. Also, teaching children about cooking gives them knowledge about a variety of foods and flavor, about presenting dishes, and on becoming a sophisticated and nutritious eater. Best of all, teaching your kids how to cook can be a great bonding activity for everyone.
Instead of just letting the children stay home in front of the computer, playing computer games or Play station, or watching reruns of The Simpsons, why not enroll the kids in a cooking program? In Port-Colborne’s After School Approach called Health and Youth, children and teenagers between the ages of seven to fifteen can enroll in an after school program offered for free. The Community Living eight-week after-school cooking program is funded by the local office of the Ministry of Health and Promotion. The feedback from the participants has been very positive so far. For instance, twelve-year old Marissa Dottorio thinks that the program is a better alternative in using her time wisely, and to get away from home and school. She likes the things they have been learning in class and she is able to make new friends.
Likewise, Danielle Rock also enjoys the opportunity for her to cook desserts in the classes. She also enjoyed the other activities such as yoga and arts and crafts. The classes typically start at 4 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. with around twelve children in each class. The children can do many activities besides cooking like playing games, learning how to kick box and dance. Cooking menus begin from the most basic, such as a light vegetable snack or sandwich and a pudding for dessert. As the classes progress and as the kids learn about basic food preparations, more challenging meals are presented. They also learn how to cook food with cookware such as a dutch oven. One can refer to the Dutch oven ebook for Dutch oven information on ways to use this common kitchenware.