Kids Can Help in
I remember cooking with my mom when I was
very young. I could not even see over the counter top yet, so I
would stand on a chair and help.
to that time, I guess that the most important part was spending time
with her. Keeping the tradition going, I did the same thing with
my boys and both of them enjoy being in the kitchen helping out.
Although, maybe it has something to do with our family rule: If
you cook it then everyone else cleans up and does dishes. Maybe
they would rather cook than clean?
some ideas to get you started in the kitchen:
Ages 3 to 6:
Stir ingredients in a bowl. The larger the spoon and the larger the
bowl, the better!
Wash vegetables and fruits at the sink.
Tear lettuce for a salad
Play in the bubbles from the dishwater.
Ages 6 to 8:
Set the table
Use a child safe knife to cut soft foods, such as fruits or breads.
Blend or beat ingredients - works out some of that excess energy.
Find the needed measuring cups and spoons. Children this age can fill
them as well.
Ages 8 to 10:
Begin to make kid friendly recipes alone, with adult supervision at
Begin to use kitchen tools such as blender, hand mixer, can opener with
close adult supervision.
Start microwave cooking process by putting items in the microwave and
setting the number pad correctly. Parents should still remove hot items
from the microwave.
Ages 10 to 12:
Kids can begin to use the oven and the stove, with adult supervision.
Begin using sharper tools for cutting, chopping, slicing and dicing,
again must have adult supervision.
Continue to make kid friendly recipes with less adult help.
Ages 13 to 16:
Using kid friendly recipes, begin making multiple dishes for a complete
meal with little adult supervision.
The age groups are just an estimate. Once you master a level you can
move on to the next level. Before you know it, following recipes and
cooking will be easy as pie!
Story Soup Kids