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National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

Let your little chefs take charge on National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day and watch them whip up delicious meals for the whole family!
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Get ready for some delicious chaos in the kitchen on September 13th because it's National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day! This fun and unique holiday encourages children to step into the role of chef and cook up a storm in the kitchen. It was created by mom and food blogger J.M. Hirsch in 2010 as a way to get kids interested in cooking and spending quality time with their families. So put on your aprons, gather your little ones, and get ready to whip up some tasty treats together!

History of National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of the Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day was established by J.M. Hirsch to encourage children's interest in cooking.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first official celebration sees children across America cooking meals with parental supervision.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spread of the Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>The concept of the holiday starts to gain popularity, spreading to Canada and parts of Europe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebration in Schools</div><div class='timeline-text'>Schools begin incorporating themed activities in their curriculum, promoting the holiday further.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celeb Chefs Join the Fun</div><div class='timeline-text'>Famous chefs start creating kid-friendly recipes for the day, enhancing its appeal.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Decade Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday marks its 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of fostering culinary interest in children.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a kids' cooking competition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some friends and have a friendly competition in the kitchen! Each team can come up with their own dish and then have a panel of judges (parents or other adults) taste and score each dish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try out new recipes together</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take this opportunity to explore new recipes with your kids. Let them choose a recipe they want to try and work together to make it in the kitchen. It's a great way to bond and learn new skills!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a themed menu</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pick a theme for your kids' takeover in the kitchen. It could be a specific cuisine, a color, or even a movie or book. Then, plan out a menu that fits the theme and have fun making and eating it together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Decorate aprons or chef hats</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and have your kids decorate their own aprons or chef hats before heading into the kitchen. It'll make them feel like professional chefs and add a fun element to the day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Teach kitchen safety and basic cooking skills</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use this day as an opportunity to teach your kids about kitchen safety and basic cooking skills. Show them how to properly use knives, handle hot pots and pans, and measure ingredients. These are valuable skills they can carry with them for a lifetime.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages kids to develop important life skills</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is a fun way for children to learn essential cooking and kitchen skills, such as following recipes, measuring ingredients, and food safety. These are important skills that they can carry with them into adulthood.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes family bonding and teamwork</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cooking together as a family on this day allows for quality time to be spent with each other. Parents can bond with their children over preparing a meal, and siblings can work together as a team in the kitchen. It's a great opportunity to strengthen familial relationships.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It empowers kids to try new foods</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Giving kids control of the kitchen for a day allows them to explore different flavors and cuisines. They may be more likely to try new foods if they have a hand in making them. This can lead to healthier and more adventurous eating habits in the future.</p></div></div>

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When is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day?

National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is celebrated on September 13 every year. In 2024, the date falls on a Friday.

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