Cooking Lessons for Kids

Cooking is a great activity to do with the kids. I used to bake cookies with Gavin before Gareth was born. Now that I have to manage two, finding time to cook with Gavin is tough. Lucky for us, he has a chef for an aunt and he gets to cook in her kitchen occasionally.

Recently, I discovered a cool site with free cooking games for kids. Actually, it’s an online games site for girls, but I honestly think the cooking games are just as suitable for boys, too. I really don’t know why there is still a stigma that cooking games are for girls. After all, aren’t some of the world’s best chefs men? And besides, knowing how to cook is part of survival 101 – living on your own.

I digress… The cooking games which I thought were really good are under “Sara’s Cooking Class“. We haven’t tried many of the others, but what I really like about Sara’s Cooking Classes are that they simulate a real cooking class. You would perform the exact same steps in the kitchen if you were really cooking that recipe. For example, you have to get the bowl out of the cupboard, cut up the meat, add the seasoning (salt, pepper, tomato sauce, etc.), roll out the pastry, and so on.

The benefit of playing games like Sara’s Cooking Classes is that your child gets to see how everything is done from start to finish. With most real life cooking lessons for children, we have to limit what they can do. For instance, you can’t let a 4 year old cut up the chicken, but he can do it if it’s in a computer game. You don’t have to worry about your child accidentally burning himself at the stove. If you have to take a call, or if you get called away part way through the cooking session, your child can carry on alone and you don’t have to worry about him getting into trouble. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess.

Although Sara’s Cooking Class will never fully replicate the real process of cooking in a kitchen, I think as far as it goes as a cooking experience for young children, it’s pretty good. Your child gets to learn about cooking, how things are really done, and he gets to participate in every part of it. Sara has a lot of cooking lessons:

  • Black forest cake
  • Pumpking pie
  • Cherry cupcake
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Mushroom soup
  • Grilled pork chops
  • Thanks Giving Turkey
  • Meatloaf
  • Vegetable Frittata
  • Christmas biscuits
  • Berry ice cream
  • Rice chicken
  • Garlic shrimp
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Carrot cake
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Caramel rolls
  • Barbeque chicken
  • Red Velvet cake

Gavin’s favourite lessons are the Christmas Biscuits and the Fruit Smoothie. Lately, I’ve been letting Gavin “cook” while I try to get Gareth down for his afternoon nap. It’s been a pretty useful activity to keep him busy and quiet until Gareth falls asleep.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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