Helping in the kitchen is a great opportunity for young people to develop their patience, concentration, and fine motor skills. And when kids participate in preparing foods, they’re often more interested in tasting the results. There are many ways to involve kids in cooking and preparing food. The magic lies in choosing realistic, safe tasks that build their skills and confidence! (See “Kitchen Safety at Home for Kids” for some thoughts about this.)
We put together these guidelines as a starting point. Keep in mind that there’s a lot of variability in children’s abilities. While some extremely focused 8-year-olds are ready to use the stove, others aren’t yet mature enough to do so. Every child is different, and you are the expert in your child!
Tips for cooking with young children
And check out our YouTube channel HERE for our "How To" videos for kids. We have tons of videos such as "How To Use a Knife Safely", "How To Segment a Bell Pepper" and "How To Pit an Avocado". Plus our Tik Tok has tons of short tips and kitchen hack videos too!
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