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holidayhelpersAn extra set of hands in the kitchen can be really helpful… especially on holidays! This Thanksgiving, try holiday cooking with your kids as a fantastic family activity! When having a fun and memorable experience with food and nutrition, kids will not only become more open minded about trying new foods, but they will also start learning important cooking skills and developing healthier eating habits.

Here are some easy ways to get kids involved in the kitchen:

  • Help plan the holiday menu
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Beat the eggs
  • Help with breading (shaking in a plastic bag!)
  • Grease a baking pan
  • Scoop batter into a baking pan
  • Scrape down the mixing bowl
  • Decorate the table
  • Help clean up after cooking

The key to cooking with kids is to keep it simple.  Teach the basics, plan ahead, involve them when you can, and be okay with a bit of mess!

More tips for parents:

  • Have your kids take an active role in holiday recipe selection and preparation, as it is a good way to keep them enthusiastic about cooking.
  • Begin with some basic cooking techniques and give your kids more hands-on experience, such as measuring the wet and dry ingredients for a favorite holiday dessert.
  • Explain different steps when cooking and allow your kids to gradually master those cooking methods.
  • Ask your child to make up a name for their dish!
  • Let your kids know they’ve done a great job!

Have fun with your little chefs in the kitchen!

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Nutrition Education Specialist for the Massachusetts WIC Program

Nutrition Education Specialist for the Massachusetts WIC Program

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