Tips and Tricks to Cooking in the Kitchen with Children

Tips and Tricks to Cooking in the Kitchen with Children

Before starting to make any recipe, make sure that you read the direction of recipes twice and decide that you can make it or not. It is not important to have high fancy cooking equipment to get started with cooking. Just look around your kitchen and accumulate necessary pans, tools and gadgets required for cooking.

Some of the essential things you should know first


Safety is a one of the important things to remember before you start cooking, it is fun to work in the kitchen, but is not without hazards. You should be careful with sharp objects, stove, can opener, microwave, back oven and blender that can cause injuries if you are not careful with them. See more kitchen safety for kids rules and tips.


Before you start working in the kitchen, always wash your hands with warm and soapy water to keep bacteria away from the food you cook and eat. Try adding our cooking posters for reminders!


Always gentle wash fruits, vegetables and meat before you start cooking with water, washing will remove some traces of bacteria from soil and packing. If you are handling meat, be sure that you wash it twice before and after cutting into pieces.

Pre-Prepare your Ingredients

You can prepare or gather all required ingredients in advance before you start cooking with kids to avoid last minute confusions.

Read Twice

Be sure that you read the entire recipe twice before you begin cooking. After reading the recipe, make sure that you have all ingredients listed and a good idea how long a recipe takes to prepare.


Cooking is like juggling! Cooking requires planning and concentration while cooking and handling things in the kitchen so, make sure that you focus on one thing to avoid overcooking and burnings. Guide kids in kitchen tasks.


Try to choose correct and proper measuring cups or spoons when you are measuring any ingredient to measure fraction like ½, ¼.

Cooking Correctly

All vegetables and meat items should be cooked thoroughly until it reaches safe minimum temperatures in order to kill pathogens.
Remember to turn off the stove and oven after you finished cooking, this sound very simple, but it is also easy to forget after cooking.

See our complete Teacher's Curriculum Set for more helping on teaching children cooking skills.

Kitchen Items to Have on Hand


It is important to wear a cooking apron while cooking and cutting, to avoid marks on clothes and also tie back hair, if needed.

Pot Holders & Hot Pads

In the kitchen, hot pads are your friends that helps to avoid serious burns. So, make sure that you use these things while handling hot items.

Cutting Board

A cutting board is one of the essential tools for making any recipe. After using it, make sure that you clean it thoroughly to avoid cross contamination.


A vegetable peeler is an essential tool for grating skins of vegetables. Be careful while peeling and keep your fingers away from the blades.


While learning how to cook, you should know about three types of knives, the first one “serrated knife”, used to cut baked goods such as bread and cakes. Second knife “French knife”, used to cut meat products and third knife is “paring knife”, used to cut vegetables and fruits. See our cooking posters for more knife safety charts.

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