Of course you want your kids to be healthy and it isn’t always an easy task. So many foods that they like don’t make it to the healthy category. When you let your kids help you in the kitchen, they’re more likely to eat because they got to help in the preparation process.
It’s also a good time for them to learn that helping in the kitchen is more than just preparing the food.
Here are six ways kids can help in the kitchen:
This is something that even small children can do. If the recipe calls for eggs, little hands need to be supervised. Gathering ingredients not only helps them learn, but it also gives you a head start on the recipe.
Set the Table
Setting the table may not sound that exciting, but it’s part of getting ready to sit down and eat. Kids like to be creative, so let them fold some napkins however they want, and create a centerpiece. You may need to lighten up on your expectations, and just let them do their thing.
Crushing and Pounding
I don’t’ know many kids who don’t like to make noise, so when you need to flatten chicken breasts, give them a rolling pin and see what they can do. If you’re making cookies or brownies, and only have a large package of nuts, that rolling pin will work just find to crush them down to size.
Vegetables always need to be washed before using. Smaller kids will need a step-stool to reach the sink. A colander is best for rinsing without getting water all over themselves and the kitchen counter.
This is the perfect time to sneak in a math lesson. Before they pour the ingredients into a bowl, ask them how many half cups make a cup? How many teaspoons make a tablespoon? Kids love to play games so this is just a fun way to teach them about measuring.
Cleaning Up the Mess
This is the part of the process that no one likes, but it has to be done. Clearing dishes from the table, rinsing dishes for the dishwasher. One nice shortcut is to clean up as you’re preparing the meal.
Taking out the trash and sweeping the floor gets the kitchen clean and ready for the next meal. So, pick out a recipe that kids can help with and start making memories.