If you love quality food as much as we do here at Mom Made, it only makes sense to get the kiddos involved in the kitchen! We believe in starting kids while they're young. It's genuine quality time while being productive in the kitchen.
We encourage you to challenge your children to help with more than dessert. The more involved they are from a young age, the more they will learn to appreciate the joy of cooking and the link to healthy eating.
Keep in mind - you know your kids way better than we do! Feel free to follow these age guidelines as you feel necessary.
3-4 Years Old
Use cookie cutters
Juice citrus fruit
Chop herbs (with much supervision if ready)
Cup soft fruits and vegetables (with much supervision if ready)
5-7 Years Old
Form patties and meatballs
De-seed peppers (be sure to use gloves for hot peppers!)
Use measuring spoons and cups
8-10 Years Old
Use stove (to prepare eggs and other simple meals)
Use pizza cutter
Open can with can opener
10-12 Years Old
Search for and follow simple recipes
Use chef's knife
Simmer ingredients on stove-top
Cook a full meal!
If you're super confident in your new sous chef, give them the responsibility to plan and cook a full meal! You can relax in the living room, and enjoy having dinner made for you for a change. Regardless how involved your child was in their cooking responsibilities, they will come to the table proud of their participation and ready to try their creation.