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How to Get Started Teaching Kids to Cook | Just Jump In and Be Flexible!

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you hear that I recommend that parents get started teaching kids to cook when they’re only about 2 years old! How do you get started teaching kids to cook that young? What if you don’t even feel confident in your own cooking, how will you teach someone else?

If you’re wondering how to get started teaching your kids to cook my best advice is to jump right in and just start somewhere! It doesn’t have to be perfect, but once you’ve started, you’re more likely to keep going and get where you want to go!

Here’s Colleen’s story of how she jumped right in to teach her kids to cook. She has 3 kids ages 8, 6, and 2 and they’ve used Kids Cook Real Food to give them confidence in the kitchen!

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Why Should You Use Kids Cook Real Food?

Colleen had been doing some cooking with her kids. Her 8-year-old who could read used some boxed mixes, but Colleen wanted more direction and structure to teach the kids skills and practice them routinely. 

When she saw we start teaching knife skills at the beginner level she was impressed! Using real tools to learn real skills is a huge confidence boost for kids!

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Colleen enjoyed the flexibility of being able to skip around the course a bit or repeat certain lessons until her kids were ready to move on with confidence. They found the beginner level to be a great foundation before moving on to the baking challenge and other skills. 

Go Ahead: Get Started Teaching Your Kids to Cook!

Colleen’s advice to other parents looking to get started teaching their kids to cook is to put it on the calendar and just pick a time to jump right in!

If you’re nervous, start with the all kid lessons. They’re helpful, knowledge-based, and don’t make you feel like you need to do a whole project. 

Colleen’s kids love to use the fun phrases we teach in Kids Cook Real Food like “let flour fall like snow.”

I just love Real Salt.

I love the rustic multicolored granules. I love the story on the bottles of how it was discovered. I love that it comes without contamination from modern pollution. I love the 60 trace minerals.

I love sprinkling it on my eggs with abandon, not worrying about the perils of refined salt.

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In my book, Real Salt is the winner when it comes to salt. Here are just a few reasons:

  • U.S. company (we Americans are not dependent on foreign salt)
  • Protected from pollution because it’s mined underground
  • Easy to find, even in my big chain grocery store
  • Already granulated – no grinding salt just to make bread or muffins

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While Colleen considers herself a competent cook already, she realized that she had been forgetting some basic kitchen skills that were never formally taught to her as a child or young adult. 

The quality of our baked goods has improved because I’m not scooping the flour wrong. -Colleen referencing our technique “let the flour fall like snow”

Her kids are now her veggie choppers so they have vegetables in the fridge ready for the whole week! The 8-year-old is very serious about his responsibilities when he uses his 6-inch chef’s knife!

RELATED: What are the best knives for kids!?

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I just love hearing from parents like Colleen about how Kids Cook Real Food has developed real confidence and creativity in their kids and connection in their families.

I’ve heard from many parents who say when you’re getting started cooking with kids you need to jump in, be flexible, and keep the momentum going! If you’re ready to jump right in, join Kids Cook Real Food today!


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What You Should Do Next:

1. Subscribe to The Healthy Parenting Connector

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2. Try a Free Preview of my Cooking Class for Kids

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About Katie Kimball

Katie Kimball, CSME, creator of Kids Cook Real Food and CEO of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC, is passionate about connecting families around healthy food. As a trusted educator and author of 8 real food cookbooks, she’s been featured on media outlets like ABC, NBC and First for Women magazine and contributes periodically on the FOX Network.

Since 2009, busy moms have looked to Katie as a trusted authority and advocate for children’s health, and she often partners with health experts and medical practitioners to stay on the cutting edge. In 2016 she created the Wall Street Journal recommended best online kids cooking course, Kids Cook Real Food, helping thousands of families around the world learn to cook. She is actively masterminding the Kids’ Meal Revolution, with a goal of every child learning to cook.

A mom of 4 kids from Michigan, she is also a Certified Stress Mastery Educator, member of the American Institute of Stress and trained speaker through Bo Eason’s Personal Story Power.

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