Top 5 reasons to cook with your kids

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity

Guy Fieri

I’m always looking for inspiring activities to do with my kids. From piano lessons to curling and hip hop to baseball, we’ve tried it all! My main objective is to expose my kids to as many new experiences as possible so they can discover what they really LOVE to do.


The meal prep begins!

So, in our mania of activity, I’ve recently discovered that my kids LOVE to cook. I love to cook as well, so this new found family activity made me very, very  happy. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of hours spent cooking with my grandmother so I was definitely excited to pull out my tattered Second Helpings Cookbook and start cooking with them.


Even though this activity is somewhat outside the box and not a typical extracurricular activity, I encouraged their enthusiasm to experiment with different foods, textures, spices and cultures. They love printing new recipes off the internet and enjoy going to Adonis or IGA to buy their ingredients.

As you can probably imagine, three kids cooking in a kitchen is somewhat chaotic.

Almost every meal in our home has now turned into a cooking EXTRAVAGANZA. With pots and pans clanking, the kitchen island cluttered with food and the fridge door constantly left open, my kids have made cooking into an exciting and productive family activity. In our home, meal time has always been a time for family bonding  – but now we have hand made menus, creatively set tables and exciting themes like Mexican fiesta night, Burger night or Breakfast for Supper night. They have also become very skilled at chopping, cubing and sautéing. The only skill they haven’t yet mastered is cleaning up!

Its never too early to start exposing your kids to new and creative activities.

I’m thrilled that my kids have discovered the joy of cooking.  It gives me great satisfaction to watch them in action. Their eager involvement has made meal time somewhat easier and defiantly more fun, despite the mess. Watching them work together as a team is wonderful. My kids have  become aspiring Master Chef Junior contestants and I will continue to encourage and empower them with pride. IMG_1411

My top 5 reasons why cooking with your kids is a great activity:

1. Using recipes, foods and spices from different countries teaches kids about different cultures  and encourages them to try new foods

2. Being helpful in the kitchen or cooking a recipe on their own gives kids a sense of pride and builds self esteem.

3. Trying new recipes, setting the table with unique decor or using new cooking utensils helps promote creativity.

4. Reading recipes and understanding measurements helps improve reading and math skills.

5. Spending time interacting while cooking as a group brings families closer together and encourages communication.

Do your kids like to cook? I’d love to hear about your experiences with them!

  • Deanna
    Posted at 17:14h, 08 November Reply

    I think this is a fabulous idea & fantastic that your kids enjoy it. It’s a great skill for them to be comfortable in a kitchen and know how to make food. It’s also great for mom’s so we don’t have to cook by ourselves!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 21:46h, 08 November Reply

    I agree. I love the company and help in the kitchen. Thanks for your comment

  • Holly @ The Inspired Home
    Posted at 12:47h, 11 November Reply

    One of the major benefits at my house is if you cook it, you’re more likely to eat it!

  • Alex
    Posted at 13:00h, 11 November Reply

    My younger daughter loves cooking and has no interest in crafts. I jokingly tell her she was born into the wrong family b/c her mom (aka me) is the worst cook ever. It’s not that I don’t try, things just do not succeed. I should send her over to your house. 🙂

    • Lisa Brookman
      Posted at 18:57h, 12 November Reply

      She can come over anytime 😉 .

  • Christine
    Posted at 15:41h, 11 November Reply

    I haven’t been to Adonis yet! I must check it out soon. I’ve been cooking a lot more with my kids too… love this special time with them.

    • Lisa Brookman
      Posted at 18:59h, 12 November Reply

      The fruits and veggies are really fresh Adonis….makes shopping and tasting a pleasure! I find that cooking with my kids has been wonderful….Im looking forward to them cooking for me on their own one day soon!

  • mehker
    Posted at 16:50h, 11 November Reply

    This brings back fond memories growing up baking and cooking with my mom. Thank you for this post.

  • Emilija
    Posted at 22:19h, 11 November Reply

    I can’t wait to cook with my little one when she’s older – great post on how to get them involved!

    • Lisa Brookman
      Posted at 19:01h, 12 November Reply

      Thanks so much! I’m sure you will really enjoy the time together

  • Lisa Brookman
    Posted at 19:00h, 12 November Reply

    Thanks so much! I’m sure you will really enjoy the time together!

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