Getting Kids In The Kitchen

Getting kids in the kitchen is an important part of their development. It is great for their sensory development and will build an awareness of their surroundings, it also promotes dexterity and tactile abilities. Most importantly, if it’s done right, they will be able to learn how foods can come together and develop new skills.

Providing a positive experience in the kitchen is vital to their life long relationship with food. Cooking is a skill that will help them to support themselves later in life and maybe even find a passion or talent. Food brings families and friends together. Creating a bond with your child is so important and cooking is a great place to start.

Here I have listed some fun actives that you as the parent can share with your child. Remember to take everything very slowly and make it a calm and happy experience. Have fun!

Chef Tots (2-5 years)

Kitchen activities for kids
Toddlers attention span is pretty short so give them an activity that doesn’t require much effort but can be engaging for them. 

  • Putting (pre-chopped) fruit in a bowl to make a fruit salad
  • Pouring liquid ingredients
  • Spreading butter or peanut butter on bread (with a dull knife)
  • Rolling cookie dough or patting cookies into circles
  • Measuring liquids & dry ingredients
  • Making Jelly
  • Washing fruit and vegetables
  • Mashing potatoes
  • Poring orange juice or flavoured milk into ice lolly moulds
  • Peeling fruit

Cheeky Kitchen Helpers (6-8 years)

fun kitchen for kids
Kids love to get their hands messy and dirty at this age, so let them! Teaching them safety first, though.

  • Icing cakes & cookies
  • Using the microwave
  • Tiding up as we go
  • Rolling pastry
  • Measuring liquids & dry ingredients
  • Making ice cream
  • Washing fruit and vegetables
  • Grating cheese
  • Making Grilled Ham ‘n’ Cheese sandwiches
  • Whisking eggs

Kitchen Wizards (9-12 years)

Kids in the kitchen

Here kids can really learn how flavours go together and make their own basic meals.

  • Peeling & slicing vegetables & fruits
  • Transporting food to/from then oven
  • Using food specific tools in the kitchen
  • Making a salad
  • Using a food Processor/belnder etc
  • Using a chefs knife
  • Boiling eggs and pasta

Too Cool For The Kitchen (13 – 16 years)

Teens in the kitchen

  • Using all appliances
  • Emphasising safety in the kitchen
  • BBQ’ing
  • Cooking meat or fish
  • Marinating food
  • Cooking rice
  • Deep Frying
  • Dicing & mincing

Remember Have Fun! 

Please note:

Please remember I'm not a doctor of any kind and the information on this site is advisory only, you must always consult a qualified physician prior to dramatic lifestyle changes or if you have any cause for concern about your own well-being.

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