Why should children learn to cook? Check out these great reasons for kids to start cooking.

Children are more likely to eat what they do. By putting their own effort into their culinary creations, children will most likely eat their own creations because they are proud of making them. Plus, they know what’s in the food they eat, and that helps them make healthier choices.

The boost in self-esteem that comes from completing a project is priceless. Children learn real recipes and real life skills when preparing food. From planning projects, organizing and choosing good foods to seeing a plan through to completion, cooking is a great way to learn these important life skills at a young age.

Children have a sense that they are contributing to the family and a sense of satisfaction that they have helped make something the whole family enjoys.

Meanwhile, children learn more about proper nutrition and become more aware of the food they put in their mouths. More cooking and eating at home is fun, cheaper than eating out and usually healthier too. Kids can get started on a rainy day, as cooking or baking is a perfect indoor activity when the weather is bad outside. Start with simpler recipes or snacks like fresh fruit kebabs, keeping in mind the limitations of younger chefs. As children learn to prepare their own food and even breakfast and lunch, they will feel more confident with all kitchen appliances and utensils under adult supervision. This teamwork with a parent or sibling also fosters valuable family time and bonding. Here are some good reasons for kids to cook, enjoy cooking, and come up with great-tasting, healthy food for the whole family.

There are great instructional videos on the web to help kids get started, including a group of kids’ videos for kids at http://www.fitforafeast.com/kids_cooking.htm.