Cooking can be a powerful activity for young children. From literacy skills, math skills, fine motor skills, and sensory and science experiences, along with the confidence that comes from taking risks, learning from failures, and sharing time and food with others, time in the kitchen with kids is time well spent.
I’ve invited my friend, Tiffany Dahle to talk with us about her experiences with teaching children to cook. She’s the author of two cookbooks for kids – The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook, and The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book — and author of the blog, Peanut Blossom. (In the interview, you’ll hear her mention that the baking book hasn’t released yet, but it actually *just came out yesterday*.)
Tiffany and I have known each other for about a decade now, and as the online world often works – we’ve been emailing and messaging for years, but this is the first time we’ve finally be able to connect for a live conversation. She has some fantastic things to say about the importance of starting small, cooking and baking as a type of play, and why managing risk has everything to do with experience and practice rather than avoidance.
Notes from the Show:
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Tiffany’s Blog, Peanut Blossom.
From the files of the way, way back, here’s Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah: Cooking with Kids, from NJC.
Books + Gifts: The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book + Baking Set
Pair this fantastic baking book with a simple baking set combining color-coded measuring tools like these with their own child-sized tools like these. (I still have my first cookbook and measuring spoons, which I received for Christmas about 32 years ago!)
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