Thanksgiving is all about slowing down, reflecting on all the things in your life that you’re grateful for and spending some quality time with the people you love the most. And eating lots and lots of turkey, of course. So why not give yourself another reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving by recruiting extra hands in the kitchen?
Not only will whipping up your traditional feast go faster with some help, but it’s also a chance to bond with your kiddos over the holiday and teach them some healthy habits at the same time.
Convinced yet? We thought so! Here are some of our top tips for getting your kids involved in cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year.
1. Let them have a say in the menu
Picky kids can be hard to deal with, sure. But when you let your kiddos help you select your Thanksgiving menu by swapping out the foods they don’t like with ones they do, they’re more likely to want to help you prepare it.
OK, we get it: Bringing your little ones to the grocery store doesn’t exactly sound like a great adventure. However, taking them along with you as you select the ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal allows them to get extra invested in the process.
3. Encourage them to get their hands dirty in the kitchen
Instead of just letting your kiddos watch you prepare Thanksgiving dinner, encourage them to help you in preparing some of the simpler dishes. Let them help you combine and whisk together the ingredients in your all-American stuffing, for example.
Bringing your kids into the kitchen to help you prepare dinner is the best time to introduce them to new foods. By being exposed to new dishes and ingredients in the kitchen, they’re more likely to be curious about them (rather than just turning their nose up at them in disgust at the dinner table).
Let’s face it, kids like things that look fun. Add a face to just about anything, like these healthy but adorable backyard bug snacks by The Crafting Chicks, and you can usually even get the pickiest of little ones to give it a try.