8 Tips for Stress Free
Cooking With Kids
Tip #3: Have all the ingredients and
supplies ready and organized before you start
Sometimes it seems like I�m only doing �damage
control� when cooking with my kids J.
So, to keep my sanity, I developed a few tricks.
- Before we start on a
recipe, I get all the ingredients and set them out on the counter.
- Then, I have the kids
sit at the table with the bowl in which we�ll be mixing the ingredients.
- Then, I take the
first item � maybe flour - from the counter and over to the table. One
of the kids measures and pours the flour in the bowl; and then I take
the flour container and put it back. If necessary, I can do a quick
swipe to clean up, but normally I just wait until we�re done assembling
Preparing recipes in this manner actually solves two
- First, the mess tends
to be smaller because they can use the optimum space for that ingredient
- And secondly, I�m not
having to nag about staying out of the chocolate chips or whatever.
Kids automatically want to dive into whatever excites them, so measuring
flour with one leaves other kids wanting to taste those goodies just
sitting there begging to be opened!