These Are The First 5 Recipes You Need To Teach Your Kids

If your child has ever asked to help out in the kitchen, your first instinct is probably either "Is he old enough?" or "The kitchen is too dangerous for kids." But, believe it or not, there are lots of things that kids can do to help out when it comes to cooking. And when they're mature enough, they can even cook by themselves, provided they have adult supervision. 

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There are lots of reasons to let your kids join you in the kitchen — research suggests that cooking with kids may help them eat healthier, measuring ingredients is a great opportunity for a fun math lesson, and mixing and cooking ingredients shows science in action. But, even more than that, it can be fun!

Always be sure to supervise your children when they're in the kitchen (regardless of their age) and talk to them from a very young age about potential dangers in the kitchen. Then, empower them to cook and create with these easy-to-make recipes.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.