Healthy cooking for 10-12 year olds
Kids enjoy spending time in the kitchen, especially when they reach this age and the worries of hot stoves and dangerous utensils are not as great as when they are littlies.
Cooking in the kitchen is also a great learning activity, which has the following benefits:
- Learning to cook teaches kids all about nutrition and healthy eating and helps instill skills to last them a lifetime.
- Cooking boosts self esteem - they are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family.
- Creates family time and bonding. Cooking with kids creates memories that they, in turn, can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal made, and you will have to clean up the mess, but it's worth it.
- Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but they will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.
- Kids learn real lessons in science, language, maths and creativity. Measuring quantities, watching heat change the quality of food, reading recipes are all great learning activities.
- Cooking is a great way to learn life skills. This can be especially helpful when kids are on their own and won't have to rely on fast food or packaged goods to feed themselves.
- They contribute to the family and they can feel the importance of helping.
- Kids can work together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.
- Cooking teaches them planning and making choices.
- Practice creativity and imagination. Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations.
The joy of discovering your 10-12 year old can cook
Food and food preparation need not be a mystery for kids. Children need to learn which foods and snacks are healthy for them and which are not. They need to become adept at preparing healthy foods for themselves, their siblings and their friends when parents are not available.
Kids are capable of getting dinner started before busy parents get home from work. Allow your child to get involved in choosing menus, creating shopping lists, and helping you at the supermarket with the food shopping.
There are plenty of easy, quick and healthy snacks your child can now make and enjoy all by themselves:
- Peanut butter on dry biscuits or toast
- Cheese on crackers
- Raw or dried fruit
- Carrot or celery sticks
- Cereal and milk
- Reheating leftovers from dinner the night before
- Pre-washed and cut bagged salad with dressing
- Nuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix
There is nothing so complicated about cooking that a young person who can read and follow instructions could not do. If you still worry to much about your kids being near the grill or at the stove, at least allow your child to be the meal planner, the table setter, the vegetable washer and cutter-upper, the clean up brigade.
Discover the recipes kids can make themselves:
- Fruit skewers
- Strawberry yoghurt with crunchy bits
- Honey popcorn
- Oaty raisin biscuits
- Banana damper
- Ginger star biscuits
- Yo yo biscuits
- 2-ingredient pizza dough
- Cheesey potato bake
- Impossible quiche
- Cereal balls
- Pastry cheese sticks
- Bulls eye egg
- Cheese and vegemite scrolls
- Fruit kebabs with yoghurt dips
- Choc chip cookies
- Coconut balls
- Banana cake
- Muesli cookies
- Chocolate crackles
- Chocolate mud pie
- Corn fritters