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Home Made Candy, the Perfect Way to Teach Kids to Cook

A skill that we seem to be losing in our society is cooking. Proper homemade cooking, the type grandma used to do. Homemade cooking should be taught to all kids, and it’s up to you as a parent to do so. And start your kids with homemade candy.

If you start teaching your kids to cook something they don’t like they probably won’t develop a love of cooking. But if you start the kids out cooking homemade cakes or homemade candy you can just about guarantee that the kids will love it, and want to do more.

Last night I was cooking a chocolate candy with my kids, 8 and 11. They loved it and I can still see the look on their face as they licked out the bowl. The enjoyment that kids get from cooking is directly related to how yummy the result is, and if you cook homemade candy the result is always yummy.

And if they learn to love cooking they’ll have a skill they’ll appreciate for the rest of their lives. And they graduate from cooking candy pretty fast.

There’s a few simple things to remember, whether they’re cooking homemade candy or anything else. Allow plenty of time, expect mess, start with a simple recipe and get them started on the simple tasks.

And always remember to keep them away from heat. Many homemade candy recipes require that you make a syrup from water and sugar, and a syrup is extremely hot, hotter than simply boiling water. So watch out, a syrup burn is nasty.

There’s some wonderful simple homemade candy recipes to begin with. I already mentioned syrup. I’ve suggest keeping away from making any candy that starts with a syrup to begin with. Many candies need a syrup, and getting the temperature right can be tricky, and a little boring for kids. So start with some simple candy recipes first. Pralines and truffles would be a good start.

But once you’re all up to skill there’s no end to the homemade candy recipes you can try. Truffles, nougats, chocolate anythings, toffees, the list goes on and on. Oh and if you try toffee make sure you do chewy toffee, it’s absolutely the best toffee ever.

There you go I’m hungry now.

But seriously, homemade candy making is a fine way to get the kids to learn, and enjoy, the art of cooking. They’re making something they will be guaranteed to love to eat, and they’re learning one of life’s essential skills.

So find yourself some simple homemade candy recipes, there’s some on my website, and get the kids into the kitchen. As well as getting lots of homemade candy to eat, they’ll thank you for it in later years, just like I thank my mom for the same thing.

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Cooking, Kitchen and Teaching Kids

Kitchen and cooking are excellent for teaching kids. Yes, teaching kids to cook definitely, helps them to learn how to cook and equip them when they are older. But also as important is the non cooking related things that they learn, absorb and understand through the cooking process.

Children, when around adults that care and cherish them, learn lots. There is a lot of positive energy generated. They are happy. And children are like sponges – there will absorb anything that they are taught. An activity which is made fun and interesting will hold their attention and that activity helps them to generate their creativity while creating the opportunity for them to expand their knowledge on so many things.

 Teaching Kids While Cooking

Here are some simple kitchen aactivities for different age groups to help us:

 TWO-YEAR-OLDS

Two Year Olds can be extremely active. At this age they are inquisitive and love to explore. They start to feel the power in their legs and hands. They touch anything and if they could, they would go anywhere. And they have short attention spans!

The kitchen activities can include:

  •  Clean vegetables with brushes.
  • Clean tables.
  • Tear, break, and snap foods.

 THREE-YEAR-OLDS

Three year olds are becoming more independent, a little more adventurous. Kitchen activities can help stimulate and develop their motor skills and muscles. And yes, their brain is growing extremely fast and they learn quick at this stage.

 Kitchen activities can include:

  •  aWrap foil around food.
  •  Wrap dough around meat or vegetable fillings
  • Press dough into baking pan.
  •  Pour from small plastic pitchers. (Practice at the sink)
  • Mix ingredients with hands or a wooden spoon (make sure that the  container is twice the size of the amount of the mixture)
  • Shake small jars of food.
  • Spread foods using dull table knives or small spatulas.

 FOUR-YEAR-OLDS

 Your four year old could cook if just let them! Four year olds have firm grasp of the use of their fingers and they have developed good motor coordination.

These activities in the kitchen will help them develop strong muscles and help them with developing their motor skills – activities are now more detailed:

 Use fingers to peel eggs, oranges, corn, etc.

  •  Roll and flatten food.
  •  Mash foods.

FIVE-YEAR-OLDS

Five year olds are ready to learn the real stuff.  Teach them to use their hands and fingers properly and at the same time you can start introducing more serious subjects such as numbers, measuring, handling kitchen items and such.

 These are some kitchen activities:

 Read to them from the recipe and help them measure ingredients.

  •  Cut soft foods.
  • Teach knife safety: “Always supervise this activity”

Use a chopping board, a knife that fits their hands, and a plastic serrated knife for soft foods. Show how to hold a knife and cut safely. Teach them to keep the knife edge away. Show them what could happen if the knife cut their fingers.

  • Turn a grinder.
  • Grate food.
  •  Beat cake dough or an egg with an egg beater.

 Cooking is a wonderful activity that we can do in our  homes to build our kids’ self esteem and confidence. Teaching kids while cooking is perhaps the best kept secret!

 The beauty is that they are with us while we work in the kitchen – they are part of the ‘home processes.   Add a little decision making to some of the activities and walla, a great kid with bursting energy, enthusiasm and most important, you have created a most happy child.

 

 

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About the Author

Harv Kay, the founder of http://1teachingkids.blogspot.com  has found cooking an incredible method to teach her 8 and 4 year old all kinds of things. Her 8 year old started in the kitchen when he was barely 2 and continues to pick up various skills.

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