Children learn SO much in the first 7 years of their life. Everything is fascinating and the kitchen can be one of the most educational and informative places for a young child.
In most homes, the kitchen is the heartbeat of the house. I believe there are many upsides for instilling a love of cooking in your children. Some of the obvious ones include:
Affords an opportunity for children to learn about food sources
Assists them with fine motor skills ie. chopping, grating, pouring etc
Assists them with literacy and numeracy ie. reading labels, counting and measuring quantities and so on.
Affords an opportunity for children to experience special, one on one time with you
Teaches them about responsible risk
Inspires a lasting love of food and cooking
Teaches them about consequence and sometimes having to wait for a result
Provides early lessons on basic hygiene and safety