MAKING MESS AND MEMORIES
Many of us have fond memories of cooking with a parent. Anneka Manning from Bake Club says cooking for children should be a sensory experience.
“Be prepared that it is going to be incredibly messy, but just have fun. It’s all about creating memories,” she says.
Here are Anneka’s top tips for creating unforgettable — and fun — kitchen moments.
Playing music while you cook not only sets a lovely mood, it is a great chance for your children to learn a little bit about your favourite tunes and vice versa. In years to come when they hear that hit they will think of cooking with you.
Music during the clean-up time is a great idea because you can set the clock and make chores fun. See who can clean up before the song is over.
Let little ones be involved in the weekly shop so that they’re part of the meal from go to whoa. Perhaps they can have a dish a week to serve up and they can co-ordinate the ingredients at the supermarket.
Have children take part throughout the whole process, from getting out the utensils to placing the meal in the oven. If they’re just stirring an occasional pot or only sprinkling icing sugar on the finished product, they’re not fully involved in the process.
Read cookbooks with them. Even if they’re too young to understand the complexities, they will respond to the beautiful pictures and love the tales of far-flung places with interesting flavours.