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How do I choose a cooking class for my kid?

Different kids cooking courses will have different schedules and subjects. Some cooking classes focus on discussion and writing about history and art, which encourages kids to have conversations and share their ideas. Others focus on the food itself and kitchen safety.

What skills can my kids learn in cooking class?

Different kids cooking courses will have different schedules and subjects. Some cooking classes focus on discussion and writing about history and art, which encourages kids to have conversations and share their ideas. Others focus on the food itself and kitchen safety.

How old should kids be to start cooking classes?

Many cooking classes are geared towards children 9 and up. Kids as young as five years old can try cooking classes or clubs with supervision and help.

Can kids cooking classes be done from home?

Many cooking classes for kids are held online. Class instructors provide families with a recipe ahead of time so ingredients and supplies can be purchased before the class. During the class, teachers walk through the recipe with instruction, answer questions, and offer culinary tips. One benefit to online cooking classes at home is the option to substitute items or make sure there are no allergens.

What are the benefits of online cooking classes for middle and high school kids?

Cooking is a practical and useful skill with lifelong benefits. Kids will learn to be more independent at home and have a greater appreciation for food and nutrition. Cooking classes can also incorporate math and science concepts through a hands-on activity.

What are the benefits of cooking for younger (elementary aged) kids?

Elementary school kids will enjoy the sensory experiences - smells, textures, tastes – inherent in cooking. In every recipe they will practice math skills such as counting, estimating, and measuring, and gain scientific concepts (for instance, why does bread rise?).

How can I tell if a cooking camp is a good one?

Ask for references from other parents. Find out what background the instructors have and what their specialties are. Check out ratings on ActivityHero and elsewhere on the web.

My kids are picky eaters. How can I get them to try unfamiliar foods?

Cooking camps and classes expose kids to new preparations--such as roasting vegetables instead of steaming. When kids cook their own food, they’re much more likely to eat it.

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