In Anne: The Animated Series, we see Anne and friends cooking and baking in the kitchen all of the time. However, this is a skill that fewer children have these days. Sometimes parents are leery about safety issues in the kitchen. Others rely heavily on ordering take out, or just simply do not want their children in the kitchen.
Why cook with your kids? Well, you’ve all got to eat and it’s a great way for families to spend some time together. Both parents and children are distracted by technology. Cooking together is a great way to get everyone in the kitchen, sharing the highlights (or lowlights) of their day and anything else the family wants to discuss. Cooking is a great skill for kids to learn and will get you and your family eating and talking together again.
Even young children can get involved. The younger ones you can have wash fruits and veggies. When they’re a little older you can have them stirring ingredients. Between six to eight years old you can teach them how to use kitchen equipment and have them help you make grocery lists. From eight years old and onward they can use knives and the stove with supervision.
Why not start with the most important meal of the day, breakfast, and make simple but delicious, french toast.
Felicity’s French Toast
3 Beaten Eggs
1 tsp of sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2-4 slices of bread
optional: maple syrup
1. Combine eggs, milk, sugar and salt.
2. Dip bread slices into mixture and brown on both sides on a well-buttered griddle. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.