Spending time in the kitchen with your child can lead to a lifelong love of cooking and baking and prepare your kid to be self-sufficient. It can also lead to wonderful shared memories.
However, the kitchen is full of potentially dangerous tools, so it’s important to make sure kids understand how to stay safe.
Nobody wants their kitchen creations to make others sick. Learning to prevent foodborne illness is a great first cooking lesson. The food safety basics include keeping hands clean, washing hands in soapy water often, not licking fingers, keeping raw and cooked items separate, and avoiding cross-contamination.
Remind your child to never put cooked food on a platter that has touched raw food without washing it first, and always wash hands before and after handling raw meat, chicken or seafood. Tempting as it is, never taste uncooked food (kids will try anything!) to avoid getting sick. Also, keep long hair tied back so it doesn’t fall in the food, and avoid loose clothing or jewelry. You don’t want a surprise earring in your soufflé!
There’s obviously a lot more to food safety than a few tips can explain. The FDA has a handy guide to food safety for kids, including games and videos to help drive home the information.
With so many tools that can be hazardous, you may be hesitant to let your kid loose in the kitchen. But if he or she understands how to use kitchen tools carefully, you’ll feel more confident in his abilities.
There’s no specific age for children to use potentially dangerous items because children all mature at different speeds. But before age 11, children can’t anticipate events they haven’t yet experienced, and they can’t respond properly if something happens. This has nothing to do with your child’s maturity: It’s just a fact of brain development.
Learning to work in the kitchen can be a deeply rewarding experience for kids. By giving them the proper safety techniques and rules, you ensure a better comfort level and avoid the risk of injury.
With a focus on economic self-sufficiency for Iowa’s women and girls, IWF seeks grant applications from organizations in Iowa addressing barriers to economic self-sufficiency of women and girls: employment, childcare, housing, education/training, transportation, and mentorship.
This webinar is designed to help the child care industry understand the threats presented by radiation, response techniques and resources available to become better prepared.