Having fussy children is an absolute nightmare and it is not a good trait to have later on in life. It is key to get your child interested in different flavours, textures and also interested in how to cook. It’s ridiculous how many people don’t know how to cook as an adult so it’s best to teach them when they are young so they can look after themselves later on. In this article, we will go through some helpful tips on how to get your child more interested in food and cooking.
One of the best ways to get your child interested in food is to get them involved. This isn’t to say that they need to be deep-frying or putting things in the oven, but stuff that suits their age. Even younger children can help out in some way. Whether that is cleaning the vegetables, cutting the food or setting up the table, it can all help towards getting your child interested in cooking and eating new foods. This will also show them that food doesn’t just appear from nowhere, it takes time and works to create a meal.
If your child is already inquisitive, then you can give them the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. Let them come up with all their suggestions on what to cook. Let them experiment with weird combinations of ingredients Yes, I know this sounds a bit risky but you might be surprised with the results. Plus, it is a great way to let your child understand what foods go together and also what doesn’t.
With the day and age we live in, fewer people appreciate what’s on our doorstep. Fewer people understand the food production line and can’t comprehend how raw ingredients end up in food stores as something that looks completely different. By allowing your child to have a small space in your garden, you can start to grow some fruit and vegetables. This will benefit them in so many different ways. It will get them interested in the science behind it and it will get them excited to try the veg once they have grown which will result in them wanting to carry this on which means much healthier food than you buy in the shops.
This sounds like a parent’s worst nightmare so if you have excited children, maybe take them separately so you can spend some time with each of them and answering all the questions they have without having to worry about the other ones. By allowing them to come shopping with you, it will get them excited to ask all the questions. If you can take them to a farmers market or something like that, then you will be able to get them to speak to the farmer about their products and get some great suggestions on how to cook them properly.
Letting your child choose what you as a family are going to eat on a certain day is a great way to get them thinking about recipes they want to try. If you have more than one child then maybe let them do one night each. A good way to do this is by going through a recipe book and letting them pick something from it. Of course, your child will want to make a cake or their favourite bakery products but showing them recipes out of a book can be enticing and will encourage them to want to make something new.
Cooking programs are made to entice and help people to learn how to cook and experiment with different flavours. They are also presented in a fun and energetic way so they will grab your child’s attention. They will learn much more watching these programs due to them using different ingredients all the time and showing how they discovered these ingredients. This will in turn encourage them to want to make what they have watched. It will also get them excited about trying new ingredients and finding new ones for themselves.
There are many different ways in which you can get your child interested in food and cooking, it’s just a matter of trial and error. You may find it takes them a while to get used to trying new methods but once you have got through to them, it will be one of the best things you have done for them. They will be excited to try new foods and also will interest them in making their own inventions later on in life.