One of my earliest memories is making cookies in the kitchen with my mom. And after that, it was making pies. Actually, one of my earlier memories, truthfully, would be throwing about a bunch of flour on the counter while my mom tried to bake holiday cookies and I just got in her way—but the point is, she included me.
She had me in the kitchen with her, whether I was helping measure the flour, adding sprinkles, spilling the flour, or helping with the clean-up afterwards—I was her little sous-chef. To this day, one her favorite thing to do with her grandchildren, including my daughter, is to bake!
Thanks actually to both of her grandmothers, my daughter has been bitten by the ‘chef’ bug, for sure. Now our daughter loves to help us prepare meals at night for our family dinners and she can almost exclusively bake our favorite chocolate chip cookies ( thank you, Joanna Gaines) by herself, excepting getting the cookie sheet in and out of the hot oven, of course.
Getting kids to cook, even very young children—and even if they are simply throwing flour about while you do most of the heavy lifting—has benefits that reach beyond teaching them culinary skills!