Find virtual cooking classes near you
OurKids.net lists camps and programs in dozens of cities across the country. You may want to choose an online cooking class that's hosted in your city. Find your city in the list below and find a program put on by someone near you.
More than just virtual classes
For kids who love to learn all they can about cooking, there are many different ways you can indulge in this passion. See related options below:
What your child learns in online cooking classes
Kitchen safety. In order to be successful with cooking, children must first learn how to stay safe in the kitchen. Experienced online instructors will teach kids how to use tools properly, how to use appliances, and how to clean their workstation. These practices ensure that each dish is prepared in a sterile environment that keeps both the chef and diner safe.
Basic kitchen skills. Cutting, dicing, frying, baking, and mixing are a few basic kitchen skills learned in online cooking lessons. Instructors educate students on the safe and professional ways to use these skills. Mastering basics, kids go on to more complex, advanced dishes and recipes.
Healthy living and nutrition. Cooking class curriculum focuses on a healthy, nutritious diet. They apply what’s learned in class as they identify healthy and delicious foods available to them, even as they help parents with grocery shopping. Learning healthy living at a young age can lead to a longer, healthier life.
Independent problem solving. Adapting to the online learning environment includes learning to problem-solve independently. While they’ll converse with parents and instructors, they’ll also deal with mistakes or mishaps. They’ll become more confident in the kitchen and in themselves.
The benefits of online cooking classes
Learn in your personal kitchen. In online cooking classes, kids use their own kitchen space and tools. Familiar with their own space, they face less distraction. Kids will move around their kitchen, use tools and appliances, and become more familiar with them.
Includes the family. Since instructors won’t be able to supervise children in the kitchen, family members will need to. Parents will witness their children’s growth in skill and confidence as they prepare a range of dishes. Cooking together is a great way to grow together!
Learn independently at their own pace. The virtual environment removes pressure kids may feel from peers or an instructor that comes in an in-person setting. Learning at their own pace, without distractions or comparisons, kids prepare their best possible work, independently. As with all virtual learning opportunities, they learn to be more self-reliant and responsible.
Promotes home cooking. Online cooking classes are a great way to promote home cooking. Kids learn how to make balanced dishes, and diversify their palates, all from the comfort of their own home.
Accessible form of learning. If families find it difficult to drive their kids to and from class every week, online learning presents an accessible way to learn basic culinary skills. Classes only require a computer and a hardworking and passionate student.
Maintains and encourages social time. Even online, kids can meet other class participants and make friends with others who are passionate about cooking and related activities. Working and learning together online is a great way to meet kids and teens from a broad area. Often, kids who meet each other online can form long-lasting friendships.
Questions to ask about virtual cooking programs
When browsing different kids’ online cooking class options, you want to choose the one that’s best for you and your child. Here are some questions to help you find one that’s best for you:
- What ingredients will be needed for each class? When will this information be provided?
- How much participation from parents or other family members is acceptable?
- How well-versed are instructors with the recipes being taught?
- How much experience do instructors have in the kitchen?
- How much experience do they have teaching kids online?
Related camps and programs
Cooking camp is a great way to take kitchen skills to another level. Children are exposed to new recipes, and the facilities and setting are often built around a cooking camp for kids. Kids meet other campers with the same interests and form freindships that last.
Baking camp teaches kids to prepare sweet and savory treats. They use ingredients such like flour, sugar, baking powder, and more, and get introduced to the science behind creating recipes. As with baking classes for kids, these camps give kids a whole new set of culinary skills.
Arts camp further develops the patience, creativity, and attentiveness they learn in cooking. Camps like theatre arts camp, for example, have a similar structure to cooking classes, as they begin with preparation and ends in performance or presentation. Kids learn while exercising their creativity.
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