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How to Get Your Kids Cooking in the Kitchen

Cooking with Kids in the Kitchen

Cooking with your children is a great way to bond and it can be an educational experience as well. However, some children just don't think cooking is much fun. Getting your kids in the kitchen and helping you cook can be a challenge at times, but with a little persistence it can be done.



Anytime mom or dad does something that looks like fun, the kids want to join in. The best way you can get the kids in the kitchen is by making cooking look fun! Once the kids realize you are having fun in the kitchen they will be begging to join in and help you get some cooking done.


Trying to get your kids involved in cooking while making a salad probably isn't going to work. Start off by making your child's favorite meal and have them give you a helping hand. You can also try cooking other fun items like cookies, cakes, rice krispie treats, homemade ice cream or anything else that kids love. When children know they are getting a special treat they are more likely to want to join in on the fun!


Kids loving having things that are just theirs. If you want your children to actively cook with you in the kitchen, pick them up their own supplies. Things like spatulas, apron, mixing bowls, measuring cups and any other kitchen items will make your child feel like they have a special place in the kitchen. Most of these items you can pick up at the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart at a very affordable price.


Just about every child loves being able to use the “big people” tools, so let them have a go at it. Don't be afraid to let your kids use the mixer, toaster oven, microwave or any other kitchen tools. You will of course need to supervise young children but they should be able to handle any kitchen tool. Not only is this fun for them but it teaches them responsibility and how to properly use important kitchen tools.

Teaching your children how to cook and having them learn their way around the kitchen is a valuable lesson. Kids need to learn responsibilities and cooking is a huge one! Learning how to cook is a life long lesson and will create wonderful memories for the both of you.

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  1. Julie Wood

    These are very good tips for getting kids to help cook in the kitchen. My son loves cooking and I started him cooking when he was young! He can make some great dishes!

  2. ellen beck

    Another way to get them into the kitchen is if you garden, and they enjoy gardening is give ‘them’ a row of whatever they choose (peas, broccoli etc) Kids do eat what they grow and will brag about that the entire meal which is a good thing!

  3. I find this to be an interesting concept. I don’t cook at all and only recall helping in the kitchen on holidays. My mom didn’t really like cooking though either so maybe that’s why I never had any interest in it. We had fun coloring Easter eggs though!

  4. Maria C.

    Me & My daughter loves to bake for family, friends & neighbors

  5. Maria C.

    This reminds me when my girl start learning how to bake & make a meal for herself. So much fun & memories together

  6. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Great tips! I think making it fun goes for a lot of things when it comes to kids.

  7. My Stepdaughter is having her young son help her a lot in the kitchen. I think it is a great idea.

  8. Great ideas! It’s nice to teach useful cooking skills early on. Hopefully they will get the kids excited about cooking.

  9. My daughter loves to help in the kitchen. Mashed potatoes are her speciality!

  10. My 5 older kiddos actually LOVE helping me cook in the kitchen. I never have to ask they are just there to volunteer! It’s great!

  11. These are great suggestions to encourage kids to want to cook. My children are always up for helping, especially if they get little tastes throughout the process.

  12. I wish my mom did that with me when I was little. I think this is why I hate cooking

  13. I’ve been trying to give up control a little and let the kid’s get more involved with the cooking. It’s so great for them and they love to eat what they make

  14. My kids love helping me in the kitchen! Gotta watch out for that hand mixer 🙂

  15. I think I lucked out. My girls love to get in the kitchen and make things. We started them early though, having them do small jobs like skewer appetizers and such, and their culinary love grew from there.

  16. Tracey

    These are awesome tips. Its nice to get kids involved in cooking and baking. It teaches them patience and accuracy and is something fun!

  17. What fantastic ideas for kids in the kitchen. My mom was so good, she convinced us that doing dishes was fun! All of my kids like to cook, and they are doggoned good at it. Somehow I missed the trick of convincing them that doing dishes is fun.

  18. I love everything about this post. I started helping/cooking with my mom at a very young age. When kiddo came in to my life at the age of 3, I was able to start passing things I learned on to her, even if it was really simple tasks. Now that she is 10, she can pretty much make a cake all by herself. Irish Soda Bread is her big thing.

  19. Great tips for getting kids involved with cooking. It is so important to get kids interested at an early age.

  20. I’m lucky that my son loves cooking with me. Using the power tools is his favorite thing to do in the kitchen!

  21. We love cooking in the kitchen with the kids. I love your tip on the power tools! YES they truly love using the kitchen tools!

  22. Ann Bacciaglia

    I tried to get my kids to help me as much as i could in the kitchen. Now that they are teenagers they love to cook.

  23. I was raised by my granny. She was a good person and cared about me much but never involved me in the process of cooking. And now I am starting my own family and it`s kind of complicated as I don’t know how to cook well. I guess I will use these tips and try to get my kids more involved in the kitchen.

  24. Elisabeth

    Thanks for the tips! I’m still pregnant with our first but I can’t wait for the day they can help in the kitchen!

  25. Linda Manns Linneman

    My grandkids love to cook. My granddaughter enjoys it a little more than my grandson. It is so good for them to learn. Thank you so much for sharing

  26. ellen beck

    Cooking wit kids is so important. Besdies the fun, it is pratical. Kids learn how to prepare and prep meals and learn to enjoy their food. It is also educational since many recipes use measuring. Cooking is a time math skills can come in handy!

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