Have an 8 yr old who wants to learn to cook any suggestion on where to start?

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Christy - posted on 05/31/2011

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Start with things you would be comfortable letting the child cook without your help. For example, my 7 year old knows how to make scrambled eggs in the microwave. My younger kids are not allowed to use the stove without my help.

I have four kids. Each of my kids has a dinner night. On their dinner night they get to choose what is for dinner, then they are in charge of helping me cook. The goal is to help them learn some cooking skills.

My younger boys are 7 & 9 and they help me get out all the ingredients, measure, read the recipe, learn how to turn on the stove under supervision, stir, etc. For the most part they are with me every step of the way. I feel like it provides great mommy time with each child individually. We laugh, and visit and learn how to cook.

Once my older kids had the basics, they started cooking a lot on their own. If I leave a mix out, my son will bake anything! Once in awhile he'll cook from scratch because we're out of mixes! He's been doing this since about age 10. I remember learning how to bake a cake from scratch with my mom at age 8.

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There are great kids cook books, you could probably even find one at the library. I would start with teaching her how to measure things out and read recipes, then have her make really simple things with you---like spaghetti, cake mix cookies, etc.. My city has a program this summer called "Kids in the Kitchen." Maybe yours does too. Good luck.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/20/2011

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With the basics! By the time my oldest was five, he could do simple box mixes with supervision. By 7 he could do them by himself, and for his brother. Now, at 16, he will share cooking duties, and is my chief baker...his bread is to die for!

If you are comfy in the kitchen, let your child join you. If not, there may be some parent/child cooking courses locally, that will show you simple things, easy methods, and fun stuff.

It helped that my hubby was a cook for 20 years...he can make it "fun", where I just see "work", unless it's baking. Even something as simple as Ramen (asian) noodles is a good jumping off point.

Lisa - posted on 06/19/2011

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My son has been helping with box mixes since four or five he got the measuring cups and ingredients he knew the symbols because of blues clues then he started measuring the ingredients. He is seven now. I let him make a from scratch recipe for thanksgiving, he did well. I just told him that he could cook anytime as long as he cleans up. I supervise when it comes to the oven and remind him of the rules for using the mixer because he can be forgetful.

Deanna - posted on 06/01/2011

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@Alison thank you for the great advice will look for some cook books today. @ Christy love the idea of each child having a dinner night I think we will be starting that in our house.

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Oh, if you want some simple recipes, I'm sure I can find some. I have really good cookbooks. You could PM me if you want me to look some up for you.

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