Cooking Class for Children

I like cooking very much. I never told to all of you about this hobby before, even in my profile. I like cooking especially for dinner. My favorite recipes are fried rice, fried noodle, spaghetti bolognaise sauce, spaghetti with Indonesian taste, Chinese food, sandwich, mini pizza. Why I like cooking, because I want to make healthy food for my family. Without using a lot of flavoring which harmful for our health. I think "home cooking" with good processing will give benefit to our health.

Yesterday when I watched my television yesterday I found great topic. "Cooking Class for Children". I know that cooking class usually for mom or housewife, but this is made me curious to know more deep about this class. That's why I use this topic to this hub. My teacher instinct push me to write about this topic.

As we know that children world was filled with playing. How to guide them with useful activities. And cooking class is one of the useful activities for them.

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Invite children to cook

Maybe we don't ever think about this. Have you ever thought to involve the children in cooking? The first impression is the kitchen would be messy. Don't ever think negatively, but when we practice this well, we will get a lot of benefit. Delicious food, the soft of ice cream, the fragrant of spice is the knowledge that stimulate children to learn in the kitchen. This exploration activities brought a new knowledge for the children. Through a variety of different taste, texture and smell made them to know the new environment. They will realized, senses and organs useful for taste and act on something.

Learning to cook can be done anywhere. One of them is kitchen or dining room. From these place they not only know the differences in hard-soft vegetables, cheese texture and the differences of aroma from various spices , they also learned how to use the senses and organs to process food. 

Nutrition expert believe that children will learn and observe from the food which also easily identified from various food. By holding pieces of cheese or carrots, the children did not hesitate to try and learn from these things. What the parents can be done is involved in making the food they like.  For example, slicing vegetables for scrambled eggs, stirring the batter and decorate food. As a parent we have to know the composition or the right nutrition for children. Like :

  • Carbohydrates, rice, noodles, pasta, potatoes, flour, sugar
  • Protein : meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk and its products, Various nuts
  • Fats: oils, margarine, butter
  • Vitamins and minerals: vegetables and fruit


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We can get a lot of benefit by teaching children to cook. There are short term benefit and long term benefit. Please take a look.

Short term benefit:

  • Increased self-confidence, that they can give contribution for the family by helping to cook.
  • Learn to improve creativity, agility, and collaboration capabilities of children.
  • By own cooking, children will better appreciate the food.
  • increase knowledge of children for food and healthy nutrition for consumption
  • Strengthen relationships between parents and children.
  • They will be more appreciated "home cooking" than junk food.
  • Parents can spend quality time with the kids

Long term benefit:

  • Learn to cook is children skill and it can be used for life.
  • They'll get used to eating healthy foods and it will be taken until they adult.
  • Cooking class is good experience and they will use this when they separated with the parents someday.
  • They become independent child,


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Cooking course for alternative

I found something new in the cooking course. They not only learn about various ingredients into tasty food, as well as they learn math, geography, and biology.The children can learn about cooking while playing. Like, when they want to cook spaghetti they will described where is the spaghetti came from. Then the children were asked to open the world map pages to indicate where is the Italy. Then they asked to observe about the ingredients like chili. the children indirectly explore the biology lesson. When they learn the composition and the dosage used to make the dough, the children can learn mathematics.

Hopefully, after the course, the children do not hesitate in using kitchen equipment. They also can help the parents make the daily dish. They know the various kinds of kitchen tools and functions. the children not only learn about theory of recipes but they can practice directly at the same time. Usually all the materials have been provided. They just follow the instructions from the instructor, they were very patient and close to the children. Usually the result of this course can be taken home and can be shown to the parents.

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The important things when we teach the children to cook is we must accompany the child to learn to recognize the benefits and risks of cooking tools, such as knives, grated tools, or fire from the stove and oven which are hot. By introducing tools and functions, the children learn to anticipate when these objects invite danger. Clearly, the kitchen is not only the central processing food materials, but the practical laboratory which must be exist in every home.

I am not cooking expert and not a mother who usually cook in the kitchen but I want this hub  made us to open our eyes about the other lesson that we can give to our children. Who knows they are very talented and they will become a great chef someday.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

This was a really good and enjoyable hub and I hope that the parent and children take your advice as it sounds great! Well done, Prasetio!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Well done Brother...well done...kids need to learn as the day will come when those lessons will make the difference...

Blessings


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Fantastic, this is so wise, children should know how to cook, boys and girls parent's should invite them into the kitchen to help out and to learn. Children could have one day a week were they make a real meal for the family. The kids would be so proud. Wonderful idea my friend, I love this hub...


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I used to love baking with Mum. Poor Dad had to eat some dreadful fare though :) Nice hub


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very good idea to write this hub. Children love baking and cooking and thank you an enjoyable hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Ann Nonymous for coming to this hub.

I hope so, my dear. I liked when the parents and children cooking together and the parents give good samples.


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

It is good to get interested in what is in the food that they eat. They can discover that they don't have to eat junk food to like what they eat.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you, "Quill" for supporting this hub.

I am proud to you, because you have the same perception with me. I always teach to my student to be a independent kids. So, they can do anything without parents help. Like they learn to make instant noodle. It is very easy and they had done it well.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you so much, Darlene.

You have wonderful thought about this topic. I agree with you. As a parent we have to try to invite the kids in the kitchen. I think if they know about basic cooking, they can made real meal for the family. That's good idea Darlene. And the parents should proud of it.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you Ethel Smith,

We should proud of you. And a girl have to learn simple cooking like baking with mom, that was a great moment. And I think your relationship with mother getting warm. I am glad to hear that. We have to learn much from you.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Hello for stopping by.

I am glad you liked this hub. I hope this hub useful for us. Have a nice day and happy cooking.....


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Pete, I am glad to know you here.

I found good comment from you. I agree with you. I also give this to my student. When they made instant noodle, so they don't forget to add some veggie. Like carrots, lettuce or tomato. And their parents reported to me, that their kids like to eat veggie. They got carbohydrates and vitamins which contained in the noodles and veggie. As a teacher I liked to hear that news. And it's better than junk food.

I hope your grandchild will learn to cook also.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Well done. It is good to start children young at cooking and healthy habits.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Kids feel so proud too when they learn and get to help cook. I know my son feels so proud when he helps me cook. He also makes my birthday cake every year...well with some help of course. But he is so proud that he did it and baked cake for his momma's birthday and I am proud of him as well.


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Hi Prasetio

Another lovely hub. Knowing about good food and how to cook it properly is one of the key life skills our children need to have.

Amber:)


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BetsyIckes 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I enjoyed your hub. It brought back fond memmories of my kids in the kitchen~


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Mr Nice 6 years ago from North America

Apakabar prasetio30,

This is very interesting activity for young children. Great hub Thumbs up.

Can you make a hub for some nice Indonesian dishes, Nasi lamak, Nasi Goreng & any other delicious one's. I love many

Indonesian dishes but don't remember all the names. Enjoy rest of your day.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

I think it's great to encourage children to cook and create in the kitchen. They can form a different relationship with food than what they have if they are simply served a meal. I think emphasis on fruits and veggies, and making more healthy foods fun is excellent as well.


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Very nice hub! I think cooking classes are an awesome and positive activity for children. Thank you Prasetio for writing on a great topic. :-)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Sandy. I am glad to know your comment.

I agree with you, by cooking at home we get healthy food. and kids should learn about that.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you Janny for coming again to my hub, '

I am glad to know your story about your son who made a birthday cake for you. It so sweet my dear. Although he is not my son, But I am proud also with him. You must grateful to God have a good son. Send my warm greeting to him. God bless you!


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

FANTASTIC hub prasetio30! I always invite my kids to cook with me.....we have had the most wonderful times in the kitchen! We are slowly moving towards all of us becoming vegetarians, so we have been experimenting with different sort of soy based dishes. Tonight we are making a vegetarian shepherds pie....we shall see how it turns out! Best, G


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Amber Allen, you made this hub more colorful.

I am glad to read your comment. Of course, they need others skill beside knowledge from their school. And this is like an investment for them, with good purpose the will become independent person. Thank you very much.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks BetsyIckes for coming to this hub. And I proud of you because you still have good memories about your kids in the kitchen. That's good to remember.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Apa kabar juga, Mr Nice. Thanks for dropping by.

I am glad you have good memories about my country. Especially about Indonesian food. I think you have good taste. I am not promised to you. But I try to read the hub about Indonesian food. Thanks for remind me about that.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you Katrina for share your thought here.

As a person who concern about healthy life, I found good input from you. I agree with you that children need fruit and veggies substances for daily menu. We can create simple healthy meal for them and they can also make it well.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Madison22 for supporting this hub.

I think the children something new, and coking class is good option for them. When they usually play with artificial food and artificial kitchen tools. But this time they can made the real meal in the real kitchen. Have a nice day.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks GPAGE for you coming to this hub.

I really impressed with your kids who want to help you in the kitchen. This is good start for them to be a good chef for themselves or for their family. I am glad to hear that you are become vegetarian right know. That's also good choice for living healthy. And you had done it well with your family. Nice to hear about that. I hope you success made delicious pie tonight. Thank you very much.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

This is really cool, my daughter and her friends really enjoy their cooking class session in their kindergarten, they love to garnish their donuts and learn to share the ingredients, thank you for sharing!


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

A really great topic to write about! Yes, children in the kitchen is good bonding time for parent and child, whether boy or girl. Many schools no longer have home economic classes, where things like cooking and sewing, etc., were taught. Hopefully they will be re-incorporated into the schools again; because you are right, they could be a great and successful chef one day. Good hub!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Wonderful hub. What an enjoyable activity for the whole family and a smart way to get kids to eat healthier.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you febrie, I am glad to know that your daughter liked cooking. I think her talent shown in the cooking class. Garnish donuts also fun for your daughter. And I think the kids love to garnish birthday party also. Send my warm greeting to your daughter.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Support Med for share your thought about this topic.

I got good input from you. In my country it called extracurricular, where the student got another knowledge beside the lesson in the class. But as you said before, many school no longer have an extracurricular like cooking, sewing, etc. I wish the school consider about this and the student got another knowledge, especially practical knowledge such as cooking.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you POP for supporting this hub.

I agree with you that cooking is enjoyable activity and wonderful moment for children. I know you have many recipes you had share for us and I think you are a good chef.


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TINA V 6 years ago

This is really good! Children who start to cook at an early age also learn to develop independence and responsibility. They also appreciate the importance of close family ties.

Have a great week!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

MY brother Prasetio...

Always coming up with interesting suggestions! Yes, I agree! Children need to get involved, that shows them the value of participation as well as the value of feeling useful! Great work here, my brother!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and infinite blessings,

Al


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Very interesting hub

Thanks


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

It is great and I taught my daughter but not my son, that was bad thinking, but as it turned out he can cook too and even gives me healthy recipes. Good hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Tina for share your thought about this topic.

Of course, they will have good responsibility someday. Because they learn something substantial for their life.

Have a great day!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, jacobkuttyta. Thank you for coming to this hub, I am glad to read your comment.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, my brother Mystique1957. Nice to meet you again.

I am glad you share your thought about this topic. You are absolutely right. They need to get involve with their family. And cooking is the best moment between mother, even father and the children. I think kids have a good taste too. thank you very much for supporting this hub.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Pollyannalana, I hope so.

I wish your son will open his mind to help you in the kitchen. And from the step by step direction, he will get something new for his life and get the benefit also. thank you so much for great comment. Happy cooking............


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

This was a really great hub. I remember when I was a child my mom would always run me out of the kitchen when she was cooking. Needless to say when I got married I didn't know anything about cooking. My poor husband had to eat some really bad meals in the beginning. He's the one who actually taught me to cook. With my kids I do let them join me in the kitchen when I'm cooking. They really enjoy it. My oldest daughter asks me questions all the time. I really do think it's good for children to learn about cooking and the foods they are eating. I'm glad my two children are interested in learning about it because I really enjoy the time I spend with them while preparing meals.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Nancy for share your thought here.

I am glad to know your experience while cooking with your children. I know from your comment that your oldest daughter have bigger interesting in cooking. You have to support her from the back, let her asked about the recipes. I think he will mature enough to practice simple meal for the family soon. Have a nice cooking..........


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Self Healing Guru 6 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

hi,

great hubs you have

two thumbs up 4 you!

waiting for more new hubs


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thanks Self Healing Guru for coming to this hub. I hope you enjoy all the information above.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub - my boys have been going to a Montessori school since they were little and cooking is one of the great natural developments of confidence and creativty and at the same time bonding with the rest of the family and friends.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks billyaustindillon for coming to this hub.

I am glad to know that your boys learn much from cooking. It proved that by cooking it can develop their confidence. Have a nice day!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great idea! My grands love helping out in the kitchen!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Habee for visiting this hub.

I am glad your grands want to help you in the kitchen. I think they will get new experience with this activity. Actually cooking is interesting for children when they want to give their time to learn. have a great day!


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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Great hub and yes agree kids should learn to cook in a fun way, my two are 5 and 7 and at weekends we do some cooking together.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

My granddaughter's pre-k class made stone soup. It was fun. You are a teacher Praestio check out my hub for teachers and child care givers. I am going to link to yours.

http://hubpages.com/art/TEACHERS-ART-AND-CRAFTS-SU...


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks jamie for share your comment about this topic.

I think you have great family who still have time cooking together on weekend. And I think your kids enjoy this moment and they can learn and create delicious food with their parents. You have support them well. Nice to meet you again Jamie. See you.......


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you so much Granny's House for coming to this hub.

I am glad to know you have great granddaughter's. I think she will learn much from cooking activity and she will mature enough to cook simple cooking for the family. The good side is she will be an independent child. Because she can cook for herself and I believe it useful for her someday.

I give big thanks to you who want to link this article to your hub. I'll take a look soon. Have a great day!


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Lamme 6 years ago

prasetico30, this is a wonderful hub! There's so much to be gained by cooking with our children. My kids all love to cook and it gives them such a feeling of satisfaction ... not to mention, much healthier food. It's important to give kids tools they can use. Great hub!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, Lamee. I am glad all your kids love to cook also. It must be good moment for them, when they can make a delicious food for the family. I wish the best for them. You are great mother for them. Thanks for share with us. Yo u give me nice testimonial and also great comment. Thank you very much. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Cooking class for children is a great idea. Great hub. God Bless You.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you so much, stars439 for coming to this hub. I hope this hub useful for us. God bless you too. ~prasetio


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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Great hub, prasetio30. Cooking class is really great for children to develop their creativity and imagination at early age. Thank you.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, RalphGreene. Thank you so much for coming and share your opinion about this topic. I have the same idea with you about how this class useful for them. Have a good day!

Prasetio


Patty 5 years ago

What a great article! For a free directory of cooking classes for kids in the San Francisco Bay Area go to www.SanFranciscoBayAreaKidsActivities.com


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Patty. I hope you enjoy this hub. I'll take a look your link. ~prasetio

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