Almost everything around us is virtual these days, isn’t it?
From online classes to graduation, online shopping and even relaxing after a long day of work, we go online to find everything we need.
When I try to imagine what last year would have been like without the internet, it’s too stressful to even think about!
As parents, this means that our kids have more opportunities to learn and grow. That said, the internet can also be a scary place for children if they don’t know how to use it.
It’s our role to help them find things that are good for them and help them become better people.
For passionate young cooks and bakers, virtual cooking classes for kids are an amazing way to learn and have fun! They don’t need to leave their homes and what’s more, is that they learn in their own kitchen.
This is very important to me because to be a good cook or baker, you need to know your kitchen like the back of your hand. It’s just as important to be responsible for that space; in addition to having fun, your little ones need to clean up after themselves too!
If you’re thinking of treating your kids to online cooking classes soon, here’s what you need to do before you get started :)
1. Make sure you have a stable internet connection
Take it from me—as someone who teaches kids online, nothing is more inconvenient than an internet connection that keeps dropping off!
Your kids need to feel like they’re supported and can ask questions at any point during the class. Beyond just that, when they’re doing the cooking or baking, instructors need to be able to see what they’re doing and guide them when necessary.
To guarantee that virtual cooking classes for kids are a hit, make sure your internet is not going to drop off in the middle of important instructions!
2. Create a safe kitchen
Regardless of whether your little one is starting out or is a teenager with some experience in the kitchen, making sure it’s a safe space is so important.
As part of my classes, I always check if kids have the space to move about, learn and even make mistakes without getting hurt or setting something on fire!
If you’re planning on introducing your kids to the wonders of cooking or baking, first do a thorough sweep of your kitchen to make sure it’s kid-friendly.
3. Make sure you have all the right utensils and ingredients
Nothing is more frustrating than diving into a recipe, only to find out you don’t have the utensils or ingredients you need to complete it!
When I was teaching my kids to cook, one of the first lessons I taught them was that they need to make sure they have everything they need before getting started.
If your kids are young, you will have to do this yourself. But over time, it’s a good idea to instill this discipline in them :) They learn to be more responsible and independent almost naturally!
4. Make sure your kids are having fun
This is a little bit of a different recommendation, but one that’s close to my heart as a mother and a culinary teacher :)
The most important part of virtual cooking classes for kids needs to be about having fun. Your children need to look forward to their lessons and be filled with laughter and smiles while they’re learning.
Cooking is not meant to be something they stress about; it’s a journey of learning. Based on my experience, kids don’t just learn new recipes or baking techniques, they also learn more about themselves. They become more confident!
When you’re choosing classes for your kids, make sure they’re designed to help them have fun!
5. You don’t need much to have fun at virtual cooking classes for kids!
If you’ve been looking for ways to help your little ones have a good time this summer, try out online kids cooking classes :) They’re great ways to keep them engaged and safe until the vaccines rollouts are completed!
Before founding Bake Austin, Pascal Simon earned her degree as a Pastry Chef from the prestigious Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. A mother of two, Pascal is passionate about cultivating the next generation of bakers and welcomes children from all schooling backgrounds, whether public, private or homeschooled.