7. At ease, soldier
Assign roles. Allocate little jobs to each kid so they share the tasks. My littlest one loves to sift icing sugar while my middle daughter likes to crack eggs and my eldest daughter enjoys reading the recipe out loud as well as weighing the ingredients. They are all very different in their personalities, which is evident when they cook. You can also switch it up from time to time so that no one feels left out.
8. Clean up your mess
Teaching kids to be responsible means showing them how to clean up after themselves. Cooking is just as much about cleaning up as it is preparation. For kids, a structured clean-up works best in terms of time-efficiency as well as encouraging leadership and independence in the kitchen.
In the end, cooking with kids can be complete chaos. However, the family time gained is indispensable and irreplaceable. Besides, who doesn’t love a little extra powdered sugar in their life? Sneak in a little taste. Life is sweet.
If you’d rather leave the lessons to the professionals, here are some cooking classes for kids around Doha:
Dates and times:
Gnocchi Making For Kids, 14 November 2015, 10:00-12:00
Pizza Making for Kids, 5 December 2015, 10:00-12:00
Christmas Cookie Decorating For Kids, 26 December 2015, 10:00-12:00
Ravioli Making For Kids, 9 January 2016, 10:00-12:00
Gnocchi Making For Kids, 23 January 2016, 10:00-12:00
Location: Parcel 10, The Pearl
Ages: 4-16 years old (children 4-10 years need to be supervised by parents, children 10+ can be dropped off)
Cost: QR 130 per adult and child pair (65 QR for one child without parent or for additional child)
Registration required at least one week before activity date, please call +974 6690-1777
Please note, there is a minimum of 15 kids and a maximum of 25 kids.