Getting kids in the kitchen and having them help with food preparation encourages them to be independent and to have healthy habits. It teaches children to appreciate and enjoy healthy, homemade food.
As early as three years old, you can involve them in food preparation and supervise them to do simple tasks in the kitchen. Assigning kitchen tasks to children within safe, reasonable limits will do you and your child a world of good.
It’s important to match your kids’ skill level with the various tasks for a delightful, positive experience in the kitchen. If this can be achieved, it will inspire them to participate more, and learn more not just about food, but about themselves, their capabilities and interests. It goes without saying that cooking with your kids is a great bonding activity!
Here are some age-specific tasks for your child:
5-to 6-Year Olds
7-to 8-Year Olds
9- to 12-Year Olds
13- to 16-Year Olds
Don’t forget to praise them for good work! Empower them. Teach them the basic skills needed, and other things like how to choose great produce, for example. Please be reminded that it is important to not just order them around. Serve as a guide, and let them make their own decisions, too.
Here’s a bonus quick and healthy snack that you could make with the younger kids! This Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Coated Tortilla Chips recipe is from Monique of Divas Can Cook. Enjoy!