Teaching kids how to cook is a gift with many benefits to health, family dynamics, motor skills, math skills, and more. One of challenges of cooking with kids is finding recipes that are simple enough for kids to follow while still presenting interesting and healthy food options for the whole family. Finding entire websites dedicated to overcoming these challenges can also be tricky, many websites offer recipes that are family friendly to eat but not necessarily family friendly to cook. Here are four websites dedicated to teaching kids how to cook by providing recipes and instructions for independent young chefs.
ChopChopKids is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food. Their mission is guided by the principle that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.
What You Need to Know: There is a wealth of interesting and appealing recipes on the ChopChopKids website that are kid tested, including Pineapple Frozen Yogurt, Breakfast Kabobs, and Broiled Grapefruit. Access to these recipes are free and include helpful images and detailed recipes and instructions. In addition, ChopChopKids offers quarterly magazine subscriptions and a cookbook, both are great options for engaging young cooks to become involved in food choices.
Spatulatta ‘s mission is to present a fun and compelling website that will help foster the new generation of young cooks, not only by introducing cooking skills, but also through modeling behavior for using healthy, fresh, basic ingredients with a minimum of processing. Spatulatta also encourages children to cook with their families and learn from the older generations to keep family and cultural traditions alive.
What You Need to Know: Each recipe is accompanied by an instructional video, edited down to a few minutes, which is extremely helpful and engaging for young cooks. The recipes are geared towards kid’s interests and are presented as such, including Sea Turtle Taters, Weenie Weiner Dogs, and Teddy Bear Tea. The website also offers help on basic skills and ways to incorporate arts and crafts in the kitchen.
Amber is an 11-yr old healthy kid chef and cooking show host who shows kids how easy and fun it is to make delicious, healthy, kid-friendly meals. Amber knows that eating well, moving well, and thinking well, are key to a happy life – she wants everyone to know that “Being healthy is COOL!”
What You Need to Know: Cook With Amber is a kid friendly website with a variety of ways to inspire young cooks, including fun recipes (Creepy Apple Bites, Puking Peppers, Salad on a Stick) and videos of appearances by Amber and cooking segments. This website is compelling because of Amber’s excitement for cooking and her contagious positivity, demonstrating to young chefs that cooking and eating healthy food can be cool.
The Food Network encourages families to cook together and eat together with a selection of family friendly recipes that kids can make on their own or with an adult. With an explosion of kid centered TV shows and competitions, young chefs will be drawn to this website for its familiar hosts and enticing recipes, including Zucchini Pirate Boats, Pizza Skewers, and Taco Cheeseburgers.
What You Need to Know: There are a lot of bells and whistles and this website, as is expected for The Food Network. However, if users can navigate through to the actual recipes, there are interesting ideas that will encourage even the pickiest of eaters to try something new.