Kitchen Fun with Kids
Posted April 5, 2010on:
If you could use a helping hand in the kitchen, ask your child to pitch in. Children love feeling important and learning new things (especially when it doesn’t seem like a chore). Although cooking and baking in the kitchen may seem regular and boring to you, to a child it is a new frontier full of wonder and things to learn!
Children of different ages can help with various things in the kitchen:
Age 2: Have them help with pouring ingredients and taste-testing!
Age 3: They can bring ingredients from the fridge and shelf to the counter, stir and mix ingredients.
Age 4+: Let them help chop ingredients (with close supervision, of course) and help dish out the meal.
Older children: Give them the responsibility of more important tasks such as measuring and setting the oven.
By helping out in the kitchen, children will…
- Learn about nutrition and increase their willingness to try a new food
- Develop valuable self-help skills and increase independence
- Develop math concepts through counting, measuring, timing, and ordering events
- Work cooperatively with others
- Develop reading skills, recognizing symbols and words
- Learn to follow directions and complete all the steps necessary to finish a task
- Explore the world’s foods and learn about the customs of people from around the world
- Learn science concepts: temperature, volume, how something can change when it is heated, etc.
- Improve fine motor control through using hand muscles
- Express themselves creatively
Regardless of the task at hand, your child will gain a sense of pride as your family enjoys the meal they helped create!