I am a really big advocate of cooking with children and getting kids in the kitchen from an early age. Some of my happiest memories are of helping my mum bake and cook, but more than just happy memories, she left me with the legacy of being pretty handy in the kitchen and this is something I am really keen to pass on to both my boys.
Both of my boys have been active in the kitchen from being able to sit up. Their first kitchen experience was playing with pastry in their highchairs whilst I cooked pie for dinner.
I am delighted to be partnering up with UNCLE BEN’S and their fantastic site Ben’s Beginners in the lead up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on 15th October 2016.
Get your kids in the kitchen with Ben’s Beginner’s
UNCLE BEN’S® believes that cooking is an essential life skill as important as reading or writing and have created the Ben’s Beginners™ digital hub to provide families with helpful tools to learn to cook in a fun and exciting way.
I love the way the digital hub is structured, it has fun interactive lessons for kids such as stirring, chopping and peeling which all go towards making a healthy, simple and family friendly recipe. You earn badges for completing each lesson making it fun for all ages.
One of our favorite family TV programs in the Great British Bake off, in fact, a lot of the family TV we watch is based around food and cooking, so Ben’s Beginners builds on that love and is a super-fun way for parents to connect with their kids via learning to cook together.
I learned early on with the boys that is is good to provide them with a recipe that isn’t mine, that way I do not assert my authority on their time in the kitchen! Ben’s Beginners has a superb selection of delicious recipes, which are easy for children to follow and perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Learn how to stir!
I love just how interactive the site is and younger children will love practicing their skills in the virtual kitchen.
The hub walks you through each step of the process.
Gives you a list of ingredients and tells you a little about each of the ingredients.
Then it walks you through the method step by step with images, perfect for children to follow.
We love the recipes and over the coming weeks will be giving them a trial, so make sure you keep watching to see what the MiniMads get up to in the kitchen and to help you get started we have this fab infographic to help you to start getting in the kitchen with your kids.