Cooking with boys is so much fun. They are such nice kitchen companions. Getting boys learning to cook in the kitchen is a great way to connect with your boys and for them to learn some important life skills at the same time.
I write about boys’ learning and enjoy sharing resources that help people raise boys who love to learn. Cooking is a really good way to get boys learning something of value.
They can get so much out of just hanging out in the kitchen with you. Give them tasks that are appropriate to their age and keep them interested by making things that they will really enjoy eating.
What Boys Learn:
- Measuring, dividing, weighing, fractions, and reading temperatures
- How to use different kitchen tools and small appliances, as well as the stovetop and oven
- Nutrition, serving sizes, calories, and how to interpret labels
- How to read a recipe, and follow directions
- Observing, predicting, testing and much more
Boys’ Learning to Cook in the Kitchen ~ Fun Food:
One thing I really love about cooking with boys is that they are very creative. Try these easy to make fun food snacks for starters. Snacks are a nice way to get boys cooking as they are quick, easy, and fun to make.
Be sure to check out Shari’s wonderful collection: 15 Recipes for Teaching Kids to Cook as well. My favorite ideas from Shari are the pie crust tarts (we are definitely making these!) and the homemade bagel pizzas.
Hard boiled eggs are a good thing to try. Make these little chicks after he learns how to boil the eggs and get the shells off.
This simple, and oh so cute, sledding penguins snack is easy for boys of all ages to make. Make frozen bananas into penguins by dipping them in chocolate.
If you want to get your boy in the kitchen with you, offer to make a treat with him. These polar bear cupcakes from Coffee Cups and Crayons are easy and quite impressive!
One way to entice your little guys also is with some fun experiments with food in the kitchen! Here are some great books they may enjoy to choose from!
Take a moment to check out my Fun Food for Boys Pinterest Board with your boys for more ideas!
Boys will get super excited about cooking if you can give them the whole experience! So a chefs apron and hat are the perfect pair for up and coming chefs!
Having smaller utensils that young hands can manage is the perfect thing to get those boys cooking!
Let’s get those boys into the kitchen. If they are involved in the decision making, shopping and serving too . . . all the better!
Chefskin Small White Kid Children Chef Set (Apron+hat)
Boys’ Learning to Cook in the Kitchen ~ Cooking
Another way to get boys in the kitchen is to have them help with meal prep. The following recipes are easy to make, delicious, and allow boys to learn much more than with the simple snacks above.
Marie from Child Led Life shares a wonderful pumpkin soup recipe. I like this recipe because you start with a whole pumpkin. I really think boys can learn a lot from this one experience alone.
In Marie’s Montessori Kitchen: Our Children Love to Cook post she shares a book recommendation and good ways to accommodate young kids in the kitchen.
Anna from In the Playroom cooks with her boys often and shares two wonderfully easy recipes that are sure to be hits. A biscuit recipe, and a puff pastry pizza recipe. With each new recipe boys learn different things. They have a lot of fun cooking as a family.
Kate from Picklebums has a wonderful apple bread recipe that boys are sure to enjoy making, and eating!
For dessert, have your boy make chocolate mug pudding, another winner from Picklebums, for the whole family. They are a super easy 3-ingredient delight. I’m sure he will love to present these yummy looking treats to everyone and say “I made this all by myself . . . just for you.”
Boys can really get a lot out of cooking with you. Yes, it takes some extra time and effort but it is so worth it. You are creating more that food to fill their tummies, you are giving them the opportunity to learn to cook, the joy of making food for others, and more importantly, you are creating lasting memories. I call that Boys’ Learning at its best!
Do you cook with your boys? What do they like to make?
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