Tips and Tricks for Cooking with Children

Today’s world runs at a fast pace. Wake up, get the kids ready, make breakfast, so many things in between, come home, make dinner, bath time, and finally go to bed. Whew!

It can be a challenge setting aside quality time with the kids. A busy schedule can be difficult to navigate, so the best solution is to work time into something you’re already doing. Making dinner can be a great time to get the kids involved. Before getting the kids involved take a look at our tips on how to safely get the kids in the kitchen.

Age Appropriate Tasks:

  • Ages 3-6:
    • Washing fruits and vegetables
    • Adding pre-measured ingredients to the mix
    • Cleaning plastic dishes and spoons in the sink
    • Stirring ingredients
  • Ages 6-8:
    • Measure out ingredients in measuring cups and spoons
    • Breaking eggs into a bowl
    • Sprinkling on decorative sugars
    • Blending ingredients with whisk
  • Ages 8-10:
    • Use the microwave oven (with supervision)
    • Roll out dough and cut shapes
    • Add glazes and icings
  • Ages 10-12:
    • Cut vegetables and fruits with knife (with supervision)
    • Grate ingredients with a grater
    • Complete a simple recipe solo
    • Use the oven (with supervision)

Cleanliness:

  • Kids often don’t have the best track record for washing their hands. Reinforce the importance of washing hands when working in the kitchen. Also, tie long hair back before cooking or baking.

Preparation:

  • Keeping a kids attention can become its own set of problems. To keep things moving forward in the kitchen, gather the necessary ingredients before starting a recipe. Layout your ingredients on the cabinet, removing them as you go. This will also help ensure you don’t forget anything.

Attire:

  • The kitchen can easily turn into a messy place. When you add kids to the mix, mess is bound to follow. To protect clothes from eggs, flour and other mixtures, wear aprons. You can even make personalized aprons with your kid if you want to get crafty!

Educational:

  • Finding moments to connect the dots between education and real world application can be easy in the kitchen. As you add ingredients talk with your child about where it came from and how it is made.

Involving children in the preparation process can encourage and empower kids. Through hands-on learning, kids learn responsibility in addition to other skills that they can use in day-to-day life.

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