How to Include Kids in the Kitchen

So you’re looking to involve your child in preparing and cooking dinner, but you’re not entirely sure what tasks are appropriate for what age? Well, look no further because the table below briefly outlines specific tasks and at what age your child can safely help out in the kitchen.

3-Year Olds 4-Year Olds 5-to 6-Year Olds
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Stir ingredients in a bowl
  • Tear lettuce
  • Pour liquids
  • Grease pans
  • Open packages
  • Peel oranges or hard-cooked eggs
  • Snip fresh herbs with dull scissors
  • Mash bananas with a fork

 

  • Measure ingredients
  • Cut soft foods with a blunt knife
  • Set the table
  • Garnish food

 

7-to 8-Year Olds 9- to 12-Year Olds 13- to 16-Year Olds
  • Help plan the meal
  • Roll and shape cookies
  • Beat ingredients with a whisk
  • Find ingredients in a cabinet or spice rack
  • Make a salad

 

  • Open cans
  • Use a microwave oven
  • Prepare simple recipes with few ingredients
  • Use an oven (with supervision)
  • Use a knife (with supervision)
  • Shred cheese and vegetables

 

  • Prepare recipes with multiple ingredients
  • Prepare recipes independently

 

Watch this video from Cook Smarts for more on how to include kids in the kitchen!

Watch this video from Cook Smarts for more on how to include kids in the kitchen.
Source: Kraft Recipes

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