Kids in the Kitchen

Spending time in the kitchen is a great way to help your family while learning about food and cooking. You might go into the kitchen to make yourself a snack, help a parent cook dinner, or even do science experiments with things in your cupboard and fridge. As you get older, you can learn how to make harder recipes and full meals on your own. You might even invite your friends over to help or to eat what you've made. And when you cook, you know exactly what goes into your food, so you can make good choices about what you put into your body.

If you want to spend time in the kitchen, you'll also need to learn about kitchen safety. The kitchen can be a dangerous place: It has lots of sharp things (like knives) and hot things (like stove burners) that can hurt you. But learning and following a few basic safety rules can keep everyone safe. For instance, always turn pot and pan handles inward so they don't hang out over the edge of the stove, where you could bump into them and tip a hot pan onto the floor. Always use knives properly and carefully so you don't cut yourself. Don't let raw meat touch other food, and be sure to wash your hands to get rid of those meat germs before touching anything else. And never leave the kitchen when you have something cooking on the stove.

You can learn a lot in the kitchen. Cooking and baking require measuring, so you'll get to practice your math skills. Putting together a full meal requires you to think about good nutrition so you can make a balanced meal that has the right amounts of different types of foods. Try making foods from different countries to learn a little bit about their cultures. Or you could work on your art skills by helping to decorate cookies. And while there are lots of good things to eat in the kitchen, there are also things you can use to do science experiments. You might study how acids and bases react by combining baking soda with oranges, or you might learn about how different liquids have different densities by layering them in a glass. You can even learn about anatomy by studying the parts of a whole chicken. Science is also a big part of cooking and baking: When a loaf of bread rises in the oven, that's science, and when you eat a salad with vinaigrette dressing, there's science in that, too.

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