You can never start too early getting children involved in the kitchen. The holidays bring lots of food and endless opportunities for cooking time. Cooking is an exciting experience for kids to uses their creativity while learning new skills.
First, start by teaching your child the basics and as they progresses allow them to have more kitchen responsibility. Throughout their experience teach them about the time and patience involved in building a recipe. Introduce them to new flavors and textures and let their imagination go wild!
Don’t forget! While your child is becoming a chef master continually educated them on the number of hazards in the kitchen. Teach them about proper hygiene and how to correctly wash their hands.
The Basics (4-7 years old)
Measuring: Using small measuring spoons to measure ingredients into a bowl
Weighing: Spooning ingredients on to kitchen scales
Mixing: Using a whisk, spoon or hands to mix ingredients together
Kneading: Assist in kneading dough
Spreading: Spreading jam or butter on toast or icing a cake
Washing: Rinse fruits and vegetables
Picking: Have them pick fruits and veggies from a garden or at the store
Super Skills (8-11 years old)
Cutting: Begin teaching children knife skills, practice first with a butter knife the proper way to hold and use. Have them slice soft foods like berries, butter and bread until they are they become comfortable.
Measuring: Have them start measuring out larger quantities of ingredients. Practicing their math skills!
Beating: Teach them how to uses an electric mixer to beat eggs and cakes batter
Greasing: Have them uses butter and cooking spray on cooking pans
Cleaning: Help wipe down tables and counters, help rinse spoons and small dishes
The Little Chef (12 and up)
Recipes: Have them follow simple recipes. Let them brainstorm ideas for creative snacks and meals!
Heating: Teach them how to properly use the microwave, watch food on the stove, and place food in the oven.
Equipment: Explain the use of different kitchen equipment and how to safely use
Opening: Show them how to use a can opener and open a variety of containers
Shopping List: Have them look in the fridge and cupboards to help create a grocery list
Peeling: Show them how to uses a potato peeler on different items