Cooking With Kids!

July 23, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Education, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Opportunities

The Mini Cooking Club has been a registered charity since 2012, providing free cooking workshops for families and children. We believe that food is a fundamental component to a happy life, and that essential cooking skills should be instilled from a young age. All of our classes are free and teach members practical cooking lessons combined with basic nutrition information.

Our members have fun in the kitchen, and learn that cooking needn’t be difficult or expensive. All of our recipes can be reproduced cheaply and easily, and have high nutritional value. The Club is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies on donations to undertake its vital work in the community.

There is a misconception among people that children do not want to learn how to cook or will be hard to handle in the kitchen. The Mini Cooking Club has found all of its young members to be willing, enthusiastic and capable young chefs.

Our Food for Champions workshop, held in honour of the 2012 Olympics in partnership with Southwark Council, produced outstanding results. The children learned how to cook using exotic ingredients from all over the world, and shared a communal meal they had all helped to cook at the end of each class.

The Mini Cooking Club recommends the following tips for encouraging kids into the kitchen:

  1. Treat cooking as family time. Your kids will enjoy your attention and it will strengthen bonds between you.

  2. Get kids asking questions about the origins of their food. Find out if they know where eggs come from, or potatoes. You might be surprised at how many of them don’t know!

  3. Be positive– if you’re fussy about what you eat, your kids will be too! Try different ingredients together, and cook a totally new meal at least once a week.

  4. Let your kids pick ingredients out in the supermarket to cook and try at home. It doesn’t matter if they don’t end up liking it as it’s all about the process.

  5. Have fun!

The Club is based in South London and runs a variety of nutrition workshops, mental health programs, pregnancy classes and a Mini Baking Club for kids.

If you are interested in booking a course, check out our website for more details. Our blog has lots of regular articles about nutrition and health news! 

By Catherine Heath

2 responses to Cooking With Kids!

  1. You know, it’s true. Children just love to cook. And by learning how cooking works they learn with it healthy eating habits. I always like to cook with children, they inspire me with great new ideas.

  2. Thank you, Sika. I wrote this article and I really do believe it’s true – do you cook with your own kids, yours friends’ or are you part of an organisation?

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