The Kids Cook Monday provides a weekly opportunity for parents and kids to cook and eat together. The Kids Cook Monday website and social media program feature weekly kid-friendly recipes and tips for parents, as well as comprehensive resources for educators developed with the help of Columbia Teacher’s College in New York.
For more information on the benefits of cooking and eating with your kids along with weekly recipes and tips visit TheKidsCookMonday.org, where we offer a wide variety of tools to help families cook and eat together including a toolkit for parents, weekly family-friendly recipes and active communities on Facebook and Twitter.
weekly family-friendly recipes on TheKidsCookMonday.org and active communities on Facebook and Twitter.
ShopRite Launches In-Store Cooking Classes for Kids
ShopRite’s first Kids Cook Monday cooking class was held on March 25, 2013, at the grocer’s Washington, NJ, location. Children ages 4 to 8 attended the class, taught by retail dietitian Carly Sopko, in the store’s culinary demo area. In two hours, the children and their parents worked together to prepare two recipes: Mashed Potato Hills and Greek Salad; ideal starter dishes for 4 to 8 year olds. Some children chopped, some made salad dressing from scratch and everyone relished their first Kids Cook Monday recipes.
ShopRite’s Kids Cook Monday classes demonstrate the company’s commitment to nutrition and culinary education. Their website includes a wealth of health information, including the recommendation that families eat together 2-3 times each week. As the start of the week, Monday is the perfect time to get into a family dinner routine!
Camps Teach Culinary Survival Skills with Kids Cook Monday
The American Camp Association (ACA) now offers our free Educator’s Toolkit to its network of over 2,400 camps across the U.S. Almost immediately after alerting camps about the program, sites like Camp Towanda in Honesdale, PA, began offering Kids Cook Monday activities, recipes and take-home ideas to campers.
Camp offers a unique opportunity to engage small groups of students in longer activities that help them build skills over time. Overnight facilities can show campers how to prepare a healthy meal for their peers, while day camps can start students on a new culinary skill and provide take-home recipes to reinforce the lessons.
ZisBoomBah.com Brings Kids Cook Monday to Online Gaming
Award-winning nutrition game developer ZisBoomBah uses The Kids Cook Monday in its popular gaming platform. In ZisBoomBah’s “Challenger Calendar” game families are able to accept fun Kids Cook Monday quests, encouraging them to start the week by cooking and sharing a healthful meal together. In addition, Kids Cook Monday recipes are now available via ZisBoomBah’s “Flip It” game. The recipes include child-friendly steps, information about the ingredients and the ability for parents and children to rate and share the dish with others
Grandparents.com Offers Special Kids Cook Monday Recipes
Grandparents.com has embraced Kids Cook Monday as a way to help families cook and eat together. Readers can have fun in the kitchen with their grandkids thanks to the site’s weekly family-friendly recipes and kitchen tips. Monday meal ideas are also offered through the Grandparents.com e-newsletter, which is received by over 70,000 subscribers.
Keep Up Family Day All Year Round
Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day has since become a national movement to celebrate parental engagement and get families cooking and eating together. Research conducted by the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that children who have regular family dinners eat more nutritious diets, get better grades in school and develop better communication skills.
The Kids Cook Monday gives parents and kids an effective, weekly way to keep up family dinners. Not only do weekly meals ensure that parents and kids spend quality time together every week, they can also be a platform for interactive nutrition and culinary lessons, all year long. Parents can explore cooking with kids even if they’re novice cooks themselves by taking advantage of The Kids Cook Monday’s free toolkit and family-friendly recipes, or by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter.
Kids Cook Monday with a Side Order of Kindness
Big-Hearted Families has teamed up with The Kids Cook Monday to share stories, activities with lessons of kindness and kid-friendly recipes. The Big-Hearted Families Book Club is an easy way for families to learn and practice the art of compassion at home.
Launched in January 2013, parents can now subscribe to the Big-Hearted Families Book Club to receive one specially selected children’s book, one kindness activity and one Kids Cook recipe by mail each month. The first edition included an adaptation of The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy, family mission questions, and a connected Kids Cook Monday recipe for hearty Soba Noodles with Sesame Sauce and Steamed Veggies.
Big-Hearted Families is a project of Doing Good Together, a non-profit bringing awareness to the importance of raising caring kids by encouraging acts of kindness through volunteering. The organization hopes that the new book club will transform family night by offering stories, activities and recipes that can serve as a springboard for meaningful conversation. To bring the book club to your kitchen, simply subscribe to their monthly mailing, or read about the available books and monthly activities by checking out the Big-Hearted Blog.
Kids Play Monster Chef at Recipalooza
The Children’s Museum of Houston and the healthy gaming website Playnormous teamed up with The Kids Cook Monday in January 2011 for Recipalooza, a fun contest that asks kids to play healthy “monster chef” for a day. The contest on Playnormous.com challenges children all over the country to cook healthy recipes at home every Monday to start the week off right. In addition to the online component, The Children’s Museum of Houston hosted Recipalooza activities where families collected healthy foods in grocery baskets and invented their own dinner recipe.
Two entries were selected to receive a gift basket of prizes and have their winning recipe featured on Playnormous.com. All participants received a Playnormous apron, a virtual participation ribbon, and were able to save and print their recipes so they could prepare their creation together at home for next Monday night’s dinner!
The Kids Cook Monday Research
Evidence links family dinners to healthier life choices:
- Nearly 32% of U.S. children aged 2 – 19 are overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for a host of serious health conditions as adults. Research shows that kids who consistently eat dinner with their families are less likely to be obese and are more likely to get better grades and avoid drugs.
- Research from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse suggests that kids who eat family dinners get better grades in school, develop communication schools and are less likely to try drugs.
- The American Dietetic Association found women who cook regularly consume a more nutritious diet than those who ate out often.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics found kids who ate dinner with their family regularly were less likely to be obese.
- Cooking also reinforces skills to help kids succeed like math, teamwork and following instructions.
The Kids Cook Monday in Harlem
The Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College Columbia University and the Harlem Health Promotion teamed up with The Kids Cook Monday initiative to launch The Kids Cook Monday Pilot — a weekly community cooking class for families.
Eighteen families gathered for three consecutive Monday night cooking classes at Columbia Teachers College. Parents worked with their children to prepare a healthy, inexpensive and flavorful entree, which was then shared with the group. In addition, participants received kid-friendly recipe ideas, kitchen tips and conversation starters to help parents facilitate dinnertime talks.
Children who participated in the classes were willing to try more healthy foods and 70% wanted to be included in family meal preparation as a result. Parents also had positive feedback, noting that The Kids Cook Monday classes reduced their reliance on takeout, helped them cook more meals at home, and showed that their children could be trusted to help in the kitchen.