Kitchen is like a magic land for young kids, a very fascinating place. They get delighted listening to the whistles of a cooker, watching the steam from a pot or even the stirring sound of a frying pan. As much as they enjoy watching these things, lot of kids start to get inspired to either go on their own or at least to help their parents in this massive adventure called as cooking. We at Chimes Radio strongly believe that cooking is a very important life skill that should be inculcated in kids from an early age as it not only helps them become independent but also responsible and guide them towards healthy eating practices. From teaching them how to operate basic utensils like pans, pressure cooker, ovens etc. it also helps them understand how various things work and develops a sense of curiosity in them. Needless to say, kids should not be encouraged to do these completely independently but under the active guidance and supervision of a responsible adult.
As a starting point, we have seen parents who start to involve their kids in basic preparation exercises like washing or arranging food on platters before moving them slowly to actively cooking food themselves. As per child's age, the following activities can be handed over to kids to manage on their own.
Pre-schoolers: Kids of this age group can watch their parents cooking the food and occasionally help them in basic tasks like washing the vegetables, cracking an egg, spreading butter on a toast. In addition, kids of this age group can also offer a hand to pick up and put away clean dishes and bowls.
Primary Schools: Kids of this age group are generally ready to dabble their hands in active cooking. They can help with tasks like identifying the ingredients, washing dishes (non breakable), measuring ingredients, mixing batter etc.
Teens: Teens are usually ready to help with basic cooking tasks independently like stirring the pans, boiling an egg or milk, or serving the food on plates.
Generally parents of younger kids are often afraid to let them near to the flames as it can be very dangerous. So we have selected and mentioned 10 recipes that kids can enjoy making on their own, with minimal guidance of an adult, as these don't include any active cooking on fire and are perfectly safe for kids to dabble their hands into. So scroll down to find out some delicious flame-less recipes, just for kids.