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Wondering what kids cooking classes in Melbourne can do for your family? Well, as it turns out, there is a long list of reasons why involving kids in the cooking process is beneficial for everyone, especially your kids! Here's some reasons why kids should be encouraged to get in the kitchen and don their little chef uniforms (other than the fact that it’s adorable to watch.)
Cooking is not only fun for a child, but it can also develop important life skills. When kids learn to cook, they build confidence, develop better decision making abilities, and strengthen their math and vocabulary skills. And, because cooking classes are social and fun, you’ll never have to convince your little one to go - they’ll be more than excited!
You’ll watch your children develop a newfound appreciation for food when they’re able to make it themselves. Kids who may have been picky eaters will now be excited to try new things simply because they made it themselves. A good place to start is by exploring the nutrition website Eat For Health, where you’ll find colourful ingredient charts that will pique the interest of even the most closed minded of kids.
As the parenting website Raising Children points out, teaching children to cook is also a great way to instil healthy eating habits. It’s an opportunity to get them familiar with and excited about healthy ingredients. After all, prepackaged food may taste good to a child, but it’s definitely not as fun to stick something in the microwave as it is to pick out, prepare, and cook fresh ingredients.
While you may not be thinking about your little one growing up just yet, knowing how to cook will be a wonderful advantage for them in the future. According to Kids News, the statistics show that a staggering number of Australian teens are a bit lost in the kitchen. When they’re ready to move out on their own, it will be hard for them to be self reliant without being able to feed themselves. That’s why teaching children to cook at a young age is such an important gift we can give to the next generation. When they’re ready to go off on their own, they’ll have the experience and confidence to cook for themselves - and probably their university buddies, too!
During most of the year, many of us get distracted by life’s daily responsibilities. School, work, team sports, recitals, and household chores get in the way of us being able to spend more than a few moments together every day. In fact, for many families, mealtimes are the only chance we have to sit down and enjoy each other’s company.
Taking cooking classes expands the quality time that we get to spend together. Instead of everyone gathering around the dinner table, the family has the opportunity to spend time cooking together, too. And, once a child learns that cooking can be a time for creativity and fun, they’ll be drawn to the kitchen long after the cooking classes are over. And it’s not just the kids who will love taking cooking classes. As adults, we can always develop our skills in the kitchen and renew our love for cooking. Just because a cooking class is designed for kids doesn’t mean that you won’t also learn some great new recipes and cooking techniques.
Plus, you’ll have a chance to meet other parents and learn best practices for getting your kids engaged in the kitchen. Especially if you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, it can be really beneficial to learn from other parents about how to get your kids enthused about healthy foods.
Finding a kids cooking class that will appeal to your little one and the rest of the family doesn’t have to be tricky. OTAO Kitchen in Melbourne offers unique and fun kids cooking classes - like Kids Asian Cooking - that are great for kids and parents. They also have longer kids cooking workshops like their five part Kids Cooking Course for children ages eight to 11, or their four part Kids Masterchef Cooking Course that caters to ages 12 to 16. No matter which kids cooking class you choose, your children will love the fun, supportive atmosphere that experienced instructor and chef Hà Nguyen creates in these amazing workshops.
You’ll find that the skills your child develops in a kids cooking class is really just the beginning of a lifelong relationship with food. There’s no end to their culinary journey, and your entire family will enjoy watching them take their love for cooking to new levels all the time.
So go ahead and buy your family members matching aprons and sign up for the next kids cooking class!