Little bombers need help to cook

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GUIDELINES FOR YOUR AMAZING SAVAGES TO HELP IN THE KITCHEN:

The list below contains suggestions for cooking activities to be used as general guidelines. You know your children best and what their ability levels are. Interestingly our nine year old Niki has been making eggs and hot breakfasts for everyone since he was five; so it really depends on the kid’s developmental level:

  • 2 year olds· Help set the table· Help select fruits and vegetables when shopping· Look at recipe books together and select things to make· Rinse fruits and vegetables at the sink· Tear lettuce· Arrange frozen potatoes on a pan· Stir and mix ingredients· Brush vegetables with olive oil with a pastry brush before roasting
  • 3 and 4 year olds· All of the above plus…· Squeeze and juice lemons and limes· Knead and shape dough· Count items (e.g., carrots, olives, grape tomatoes for a salad)· Cut soft foods (e.g., bananas, strawberries, butter) with a plastic knife· Use a salad spinner· Push buttons on a blender or food processor (supervised)· Pour or add measured ingredients to bowls
  • 5 to 8 year olds· All of the above plus…· Measure ingredients· Crack eggs (I recommend having them crack eggs into a separate bowl in case they leaveshells.)· Beat eggs· Mix and form hamburgers, meatballs, meatloaf· Scub potatoes and other vegetables with a vegetable scrubber· Snap ends off green beans and asparagus· Make a salad
  • 9 to 12 year olds· All of the above plus…· Making scrambled eggs· Baking (may require some supervision with using oven)· Follow simple recipes on their own· Cut using a regular knife – with training and supervision as needed· Stir at the stove – with training and supervision as needed

Copyright 2009 Kathleen Cuneo, Ph.D., Dinner Together, LLC

I made it and I'll eat it!

www.dinnertogether.com

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