When it’s cold outside and snowing hard, it’s seems to be the perfect time to whip up comfort foods the whole family will enjoy; however, little children underfoot can make this a challenge. What to do? Get them involved!
Very young children need supervision in the kitchen, and while they’re limited with their culinary skills, they can be amazingly helpful while having fun in the process. Cooking will build a child’s self-esteem, as she learns something important and contributes to the family; it will instill an understanding of team work at an early age, and it will teach a child the importance of making good choices.
Here are some ideas to get the younger set engaged in the kitchen:
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- Shape meatballs, hamburgers or individual meatloaves
- Wash vegetables
- Stir batter for cookies, cupcakes or muffins
- Line muffin tins with paper cups
- Spoon batter into muffin tins or onto a baking sheet
- Use a cookie cutter to press shapes into cookie dough
- Label and date freezer bags
- Sprinkle toppings on pizza
- Top crackers with cheese
- Dry plastic dishes, measuring cups or flatware
- Get ingredients from the refrigerator or cupboard for lunch or dinner (i.e., bread, peanut butter, tuna fish, vegetables, etc.)
- Help clean up