This post was originally posted on Jess's blog, Being Mrs. Beer, on August 21, 2015. You can find the original post here. But I thought I'd share it on my blog as well since we just cooked together again and had a blast!
Today I wanted to talk about cooking with kids. Now, before I share, I have to admit something. I don't cook. And if you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that. Now I've probably just thrown all my credibility out the window when I said that, but I have to set the record straight. Seth is the cook of the family and I am the baker. And we've done both things with Mason.
I tried to incorporate baking with Mason at a young age. I started off verrrrrry slowly and with something I knew he couldn't make too much of a mess doing and wouldn't be able to hurt him (no cooking, no heat, and no raw eggs). We made Lucky Charms Treats for St. Patrick's Day. Mason was probably one and a half and I figured it would be fun to try baking with him.
As you can tell, it didn't go so well since he just wanted to eat the whole thing! (ps can we talk about how LITTLE he is in these pictures?!)
I've since tried making banana bread with him but he just wanted to eat the chocolate chips and stick his hand in the mixing bowl as it was mixing (not so safe!) and making lemonade. The lemonade went over better than the banana bread.
And then after that, I kinda of stopped trying. I had seen tons of other moms bake with their kids all the time, and I thought mine was just an anomaly that hated cooking (but obviously loved eating). And then... I decided to try again about a month or so ago... and it was SO FUN!
We were making our homemade grilled pizzas and I wanted to let Mason help make his. I knew it would probably slow us down and create a mess but Mason seems so interested and curious about things lately that I thought it was worth a shot.
And he LOVED it!
He was actually surprisingly clean about it, like he was really concentrating on what he was doing. Of course all the cheese ended up in one big pile and we had to move the pepperonis around, but I'd gladly do that just to see his face. In fact, this pizza making adventure went so well that we decided to try it again a couple weeks ago.
He LOVES helping and is so proud when he accomplishes something (as you can tell from that huge grin!). I definitely foresee many more cooking and baking adventures happening!
And moral of the story? Don't be afraid to cook or bake with your kids! I'd definitely tailor the activity to the age level, but they will get such a kick out of cooking in the real kitchen (vs their play kitchen) and will love that they get to help Mommy and Daddy! I'm only sad that I waited so long to try again. I can't wait to cook with him again!
What's your favorite thing to cook with your kids? What recipe should we try next?