Little Chef Cooks: Making Cooking More Accessible To KidsTue 29 Oct 2013
Story by Food Revolution Team
Blog of the Month: Little Chef Cooks
Each month we like to highlight one blog, and as this month has been Food Day in the U.S. and we’ve been talking a lot about food education, we’ve chosen ‘Little Chef Cooks’ as our blog for October.
Little Chef Cooks is all about children, cooking, and food. Although it’s still early days for the blog, the goal of Little Chef Cooks is to help young children experience the joy and satisfaction of creating good food through a skills-based kitchen adventure that empowers and allows them to cook as independently as possible.
We know that kids love cooking, that they enjoy the process of making their own food, and seeing their family enjoy it – which is why this blog aims to get more kids cooking!
Big Chef, Little Chef
Little Chef Cooks all began when the creator, Leanne, was cooking with her young son one day. As they were cooking together he said, “Now, you can be the big chef and I’ll be the little chef.” The idea then came about to make him the “big chef,” and to make the cooking experience about him, rather than him simply helping.
Little Chef Cooks is all about creating an environment that allows little chefs to be as independent as possible in the kitchen; it is a reversal of roles.
Little Chef Cooks’ recipes are divided into three levels that are developmentally appropriate. Level 1 is suitable for children aged 2 ½ years and older; Level 2 is suitable for children aged 4 years and older; and Level 3 is suitable for children aged 6 years and older.
The blog aims to make cooking more accessible to young children, to encourage the creation of safe cooking environments for kids, and to create a sense of adventure around food through fun, interesting, and challenging activities that draw on a range of different fields such as art, literature, and science.
It also aims to expand young children’s awareness and understanding of different foods through exposure to different foods and information about those foods, and to create a community of adults and their little chefs who love cooking.
Follow the blog here, and see some posts to help get your little chefs cooking!
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