They’ll be more than eager to eat those foods they’ve made by themselves, while it is a great way to strengthen their bond with you. What’s more? It can be fun!
I might not the person to say this as a mother, since I haven’t got any kid yet. But I’m writing as the only child I used to be, which was very unhappy for having too little alive friend to play with.
To be honest, I though school wasn’t that fun, but home was boring. And, I don’t have such perfect relationship with my mom, but this is one of the things which I love and very grateful of about my mom; she’s very good at fun stuffs! And cooking was one of them.
Back in the kindergarten years, there were several times when we were doing just nothing, then she suddenly said, “I’ve got some flour, butter, sugar and eggs. Let’s make a cake!” After that, we did it again and again, until finally I can make my own cake without her help and gradually turned to another recipe, then another recipe again, and again.
Although that experience didn’t turn me into a great cook, or even make me prefer cooking more than eating out, but now I still can remember how much I enjoy those times I’ve spent with my mom. I think providing your kids with such experience also wouldn’t cause any harm, and before starting to cook with your kids, there were several things to remember.
Ready for the mess.
Prepare all the things you might need while you’re cooking with the kid. You wouldn’t want to leave them alone for too long.
Watch and pay attention while kids do their parts, just to keep them safe. Do not ask them to do dangerous tasks, such as cutting something with knives, etc. I used to mix the dough, or separating egg yolks from the whites. Mom used to told me how make the crack in the middle part of an egg with a spoon, and also told me how to do it in another way (make a crack on top of the egg).
Do not expect too much from them. They might need a little bit more time to finish something, or suddenly getting more interested in licking the mixing bowl.