Cooking 101

Did you know that parents have the greatest influence on children when it comes to learning about food and cooking? Hands-on cooking activities are a great way to improve mealtime practices and eating habits. Hands-on activities help build the self-confidence and self-efficacy of children through skill development.

Assess your own food skills and learn more about the topic with the Food Skills Questionnaire (PDF).

What are some benefits of cooking as a family?

  • Make meal time faster; assign age-appropriate tasks to your children.
  • Involving children in the kitchen gives them control over their food, making them more likely to eat it. It can help with picky eating.
  • Spend time as a family.
  • Pass on family and cultural traditions.
  • Build confidence, independence and lifelong healthy lifestyle habits. What your child learns today stays with them in the future.
  • Practical life skills. Your kitchen is a classroom where your children can learn about:
    • Math: work with fractions, measure and count
    • Science: how cooking changes food to make it softer, harder, tastier
    • Social skills: work as a team and share tasks to do something concrete
    • Language: read a recipe, write a grocery list
    • ...and more!


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Want to speak with a Registered Dietitian?

  • Call Telehealth Ontario and ask to speak with a Registered Dietitian. Available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007)

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