A few days ago, after J got home from work, he and Jedi helped make pizza from scratch. While I browned the meat, their job was to spread out the dough and distribute pepperoni and pile on cheese and all desired toppings. Jedi sat at the kitchen table and probably made more of a mess than anything. But it was his mess for his pizza.
The benefits to getting kids to help in the kitchen are obvious. It can be a great way to introduce new ingredients, since giving children ownership of their meal makes them more willing to try whatever it is they’ve created. It also gives them a tangible reason to be proud of themselves and stretch their imagination while also relaying into a lovely bonding moment. But really, what’s more fun than playing with your food?
Of course, we made pizza this time. The kid would have probably loved it regardless, as long as it didn’t have peppers or anchovies. But it was his, made with the help of his two little hands, and he couldn’t stop raving over it.
“This is better than the pizza we buy!”, he exclaimed with sauce smeared across his cheek.
It was so good he ate two large slices. Then, he had more for lunch the following day. And possibly the day after. When my parents came by the next afternoon, Jedi wasted no time in telling them about his pizza making adventure and how delicious it was.
Apparently, the boy makes a really good pizza. Though maybe next time I should let him help arrange a salad.