Even young children enjoy helping in the kitchen. As children's first teachers, parents can help encourage a love for cooking by including little ones in cooking related activities. Involving the kids through the entire process assists little develop a respect for kitchen tools and appliances, encourage cleanliness, and help in developing cooking skills early on. Another huge plus is the sense of accomplishment the children gain when doing well during cooking activities.
Cooking with the kids provides a chance to spend quality time together as well as teach children reading, math and organizational skills. During the Valentine's Day season, three of the key words are love, hearts and chocolate. A couple ideas for some family cooking activities to celebrate Valentine's Day include chocolate dipped strawberries and sugar cookies. Encourage children to give input on how the end result should look. Supporting their creativity and being attentive to their needs helps build a child's sense of self-worth and confidence.