Hey, GG, I need some advice. My son and his wife are going out tomorrow night. They want me to baby sit the grand kids. Boy is 6 and girl is 3. What could I do to introduce them to cooking?
A roux, of course, Zach!
Why no baking?
With mine, I started with something they like to eat. That gets them interested in experimenting with cooking and trying new things or it worked that way for me. I started with chocolate chip cookies, though, for one and we made the letters of their names on the baking sheets.
We also did French toast because they love that and kids love to whisk. Breakfast foods are easy and fun for them. My Dad taught them waffles and homemade biscuits. They loved making the mess with flowers and making funny shaped biscuits and pancakes. They got pretty creative.
Kids love being able to eat what they make and after that reward, when they make something that maybe isn't a favorite food, they're more inclined to eat or try it because of their own efforts.
I know all of those suggestions are probably contrary to your eating habits, but again, what kinds of foods do the kids like in the savory dept that involves "cold" prep in which they can participate?
Do they like chicken salad?
I don't think they will enjoy picking a chicken so much, but maybe...they can cut things at that age, but they can mix.
They could make:
Fruit Kabobs and maybe a yogurt sauce
Various types of sandwiches
Some type of omelet
Tacos of various types
My niece and I recently made butter from whipped cream talked about on the board. She's already done it in a children's cooking class.
They like to measure, mold, stir, whisk, mix, color and decorate.