The kitchen is usually the heart of the home. It's where we gather to prepare meals, enjoy good food and have rich conversations.
So why not take advantage of this God-given opportunity to draw the family closer by spending time cooking together. Whether you choose to bake cookies, make pancakes or go all out with a full meal, the time spent will enrich relationships.
I think its safe to say that all kids enjoy cooking. Scooping, pouring, measuring, blending, making a mess in the kitchen... What's not to love? It's very satisfying to create something, especially when the enjoyment continues past the point of creating it. There's something fulfilling about setting something out to eat that you helped make.
Whenever my kids have helped prepare a meal, they have been so proud of the finished product that I haven't had to push them to eat their food because its happened naturally.
In my home the kitchen is also used for learning. Many home schooling lessons have been taught at the table as well as many projects created, so why stop there? Cooking is a great life skill which can be taught while also achieving the goal of bringing the family together.