It’s never too early to teach children how to cook. The Virginia Cooperative Extension’s “Kids in the Kitchen” camp did that this week while stressing the importance of good nutrition.
It was a dab of sauce, a scoop of veggies, and a sprinkle of cheese that had more than 20 kids excited in the First United Methodist Church’s kitchen in Pulaski.
“We’re making a bunch of mini-pizzas from lunch,” said an 8 year old camper.
It’s not eating the food itself, that made them put their aprons on. 12 year old Noah Evans says it’s the preparation.
“I think it’s fun that you’re preparing a meal, and just all the different equipment that you use, like the oven and the stovetop, and all the different utensils,” said Noah Evans, a 12 year old camper.
The “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking camp organized by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The kids learned to cook their own meals and make wiser food choices.
“If they have an opportunity to prepare food. They are a lot more likely to try it. So, its kind of interesting kids are willing because their peers are eating it, a lot of times [they] try things they wouldn’t normally eat on their own,” said Sarah Burkett, a Senior Extension Agent of the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Burkett says they learn the importance of physical activity and reading food labels.
“I used to just grab some sports drink and not know what I was really drinking just that it tasted good, but now we’ve learned about the nutrition facts and ingredients, so now I will take a closer look before I open a bottle cap and drink it,” said Evans.
Hopefully, in the end it’s not just a lesson for the kids, but one they say they’ll take home to their families.