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The Little Chef’s Corner

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The Little Chef’s Corner

Welcome to the Little Chef’s Corner

The Benefits of Cooking with Children

DYK: When you cook with children, you create family bonds and encourage healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

By following step-by-step directions, measuring ingredients, and counting serving sizes, your little chef is learning basic math concepts, which can lead to a STEM career. Use the resources below to learn more about the benefits of cooking with children:

Tips to Introduce Your Little Chef to New Recipes:

  • Start with simple, no-cook recipes for beginners.
  • Review the recipe step-by-step with your little chef.
  • Ask your little chef to gather all the ingredients and equipment needed, including the measuring cups and utensils.
  • Wash hands using plain soap and water and scrub the backs, between fingers, and under nails for at least 20 seconds.
  • Encourage your little chef to smell, taste, and feel the ingredients.
  • Ensure your little chef measure each ingredient accurately.

Discover MFE’s favorite healthy recipes children love to make and eat:

The Little Chef’s Certificate

Whether your little chef plans to cook for a living or just for fun, children develop critical life skills from cooking. Share your photos or videos of your little chef “in action” with @MDEngageEarly on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the Hashtags #MyLittleChef and #HealthyGreenFamilies.

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