Kids in the Kitchen
Kids show interest in the kitchen from a very early age and their cooking skills mature right along with them. From Easy Bake Ovens to helping mom shape cookies to… well … Veggie Bottoms Kitchen! But have you ever asked yourself…
Which kitchen tasks are appropriate for which age group?
The great bunch over at Momables have put together a fantastic breakdown of kitchen responsibilities by age group. It’s located right here and is definitely worth a read! Plus – They have some great tips for encouraging kids to get more interested in cooking and some common habits to avoid that might turn them away.
What about the age group that’s most appropriate for the recipes in Veggie Bottoms Kitchen? Here’s what they had to say:
6-7 years old – Fine motor skills are developed so they can take on more detailed work, like using measuring spoons and forming meatballs or nuggets. They still need a lot of guidance and reminders of where to keep their fingers during grating and peeling. Some of the things you can teach them to do at this age are: dicing and mincing vegetables (use a pairing knife and start with soft foods like strawberries), peeling raw potatoes with a peeler, slicing and scooping avocados, greasing pans, using a microplane zester, draining and rinsing canned beans, pouring liquids into containers, and decorating dishes.
8-9 year olds – This is my favorite age group. They can read! They can take on every task prior to this age group and teach new things based on their interest. You’ll have to decide if they are mature enough to work at the stove; but you can start with easy toaster oven type of recipes if not.
This age group can use a pizza cutter and can opener, scooping batter into muffin cups, scraping down the batter and using the stand mixer, putting away leftovers, rinsing dishes and loading the dishwasher, pounding chicken, skewering food, make sandwiches and wraps, and chopping most foods (nothing much bigger than a paring knife or small serrated knife).