Have you been wondering at what age your kids can start helping out in the kitchen? What is appropriate and what isn’t for them to do? I have put together a list of age appropriate tasks for kids in the kitchen. This will help you teach your kid how to cook by age.
See my girl? She is 8. Little by little I’ve taught her basic kitchen skills. Sometimes, she assures me she doesn’t like “X” and I tell her that she still needs to help me make the recipe.
Bonus: she can read! She can slowly read the meal plan recipe and help me make our food.
I believe that teaching our kids a new kitchen skill should not be done during bewitching hours. Instead, use the weekends and non rush-hour times. I’ve found that I’m more patient (and not as critical) when I’m more relaxed.
Here is a breakdown of some age appropriate kitchen tasks you can use when you are helping your kids cook!
At this age, kids need high supervision. Focus on basic tasks and they’ll do just fine. Toddlers can get involved in the kitchen with the following activities:
Motor skills are more defined and they can focus better. This is a frustrating age for many parents because many kids will be doing the 2-3 age group while others the 6-7 -it depends how involved and interested they’ve been.
Work with your child to figure out what they are most interested in doing from each list and focus on things they can accomplish on their own, with minimal intervention from mom and dad. This is a great age to focus on independence while still doing many of the same tasks they were doing in the kitchen the year before.
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:
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 learn to do the following tasks in the kitchen:
This age group can usually work independently in the kitchen. Make sure they have learned basic kitchen skills and moved on up on skill level before they are left to make meals (even under supervision).
Rules still apply (and often need reminding) like use mittens and wash hands after touching chicken. Kids this age can even do basic stove tasks like scrambling eggs and flipping pancakes.
One of the questions I’m often asked: what if I haven’t taught my kids kitchen basics in each age group? Don’t stress.
My suggestion is that regardless of when you start; teach with patience and be careful to not talk down to your kids when they are doing it wrong (I’m guilty of this). Talking “down” can be as simple as “let me show you” and… “hurry, let me take over” or as simple as our tone.
If you aren’t “feeling it” then skip the teaching moment. We can do it quicker and avoid any hurt feelings -trust me.
If you’ve got teenagers in the house they can make nearly all the recipes in our meal plans. Win-win.
I want to encourage you to teach your kids one skill each month. Just one.
Cooking along side our kids is a great opportunity to talk about life. It gives us the opportunity to connect and teach our kids about the things we find important (like our food and health).
You know, I love a simple meal, so most of the recipes you’ll find here on MOMables will be simple enough to get the kids involved.
One of the biggest perks of teaching kids to cook is that it encourages them to try whatever is on the table. This can be a great strategy to help your children be more adventurous with the food items they are willing to eat.
I’m so excited to share this fantastic resource from my friend Katie.
Katie has a passion for helping kids learn how to cook real food in the kitchen! Not only that, but she gives you the information to use at home in little bite-size pieces!
Starting with this snack book. It has 10 of the best kid-friendly snack recipes in it, that will help your kids learn to start helping in the kitchen.
Remember how I said I like to start on the weekends? Using this (FREE!) cookbook of kids snacks is the perfect way to do just that!
Grab your free download of 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make here, and you can start teaching your kids to cook this weekend!
I love everything about this! Not only is my friend Katie empowering kids in the kitchen, but she’s using whole foods and introducing families to healthier meal options they can all enjoy together.
If you are looking for more? Be sure to check out my Broccoli Nuggets Recipe below. This is one that the kids absolutely LOVE to help with. From measuring ingredients and scooping them into place, there are a lot of hands-on tasks kids can do, and it’s even a recipe that will get a few extra veggies on their plate!
The combination of broccoli and cheddar in these Broccoli Nuggets are sure to make them a favorite with kids!
Do your kids help out in the kitchen? I’d love to hear your best tips for teaching kids how to cook in the comments below!
Wondering how to eat healthy at Disney World with your family? In today’s podcast, I share the details about our recent trip to Disney World and how we managed to eat healthy and fresh meals all week!
You’ll learn the places to eat in each park, tips to making the most out of your meal plan, accommodating for food allergies, and our favorite treats.
Whether you’ve resolved to get healthier for the New Year, or you just want to start eating healthier overall, you might be wondering how to ditch the junk food and jumpstart those healthy eating habits!
Are you looking for some tips for successful meal times? In today’s podcast, we are talking about 5 things we can do before mealtime to set it up to be successful. Happier, drama-free meal times where everyone looks forward to spending time together, this is what we are aiming for.
Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they’ll never be bored.
Ah, summer. It’s such a fun time of year because the weather is nice, and there’s so much time to spend with your kids and family. We love getting outdoors, staying active, and enjoying each other’s company while we can!
Sometimes it can be hard to keep the kids entertained, though. Long days with nothing to do can get boring really quickly, so I always like to give my kids activities to do to keep their creativity flowing even while school is out.
I love all of these summer crafts for making with the kids; it’s great bonding time to create something together! They’ll have so much fun painting and making slime with their brothers & sisters or friends that they’ll never be bored during the summer again!
You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother’s Day Crafts! You’ll have something special your kids made just for you.
Mother’s Day is such a special holiday! A day all for the moms. Breakfast in bed, relaxing, spending time with my family…it really is the perfect day.
Do you have any special Mother’s Day traditions? Every year my kids (with the help of my awesome husband!) make our favorite pancake recipe and top it with lots of lovely fresh fruit. And of course, they bring me my beloved cup of coffee. They know me so well. ;)
My kids love making crafts, and I love that they get to express their creativity. These 8 Mother’s Day craft would be perfect for kids of any age to make for their special moms. Dads, I hope you’re reading this right now to get some ideas!
1. Handprint Mason Jar Vase from Christina’s Adventures
2. Cupcake Liner Flower Card from I Heart Crafty Things
3. DIY Floral Herb Perfume from Hello, Wonderful
4. Egg Carton Flower Art from Mod Podge Rocks
5. Love You Bunches Thumbprint Card from Crafty Morning
6. Rainbow Pour Pots from Edventures with Kids
7. Hand-Shaped Ring Dish from Mama Papa Bubba
8. Fingerprint Flower Card from Crafty Morning
The holidays are a special time when we get to visit with family and friends and spend more time with our kids while they’re out of school. I always love when we have extra time to do fun activities with the family, especially around Christmas time.
But sometimes, whether you’re busy preparing Christmas dinner or getting work done, you need your kids to stay occupied for a little bit. That’s where these activities come in! They’re hands-on and perfect for all ages. We’ve given you some ideas for DIY snacks, crafts, and treat bags, so let your kids’ creativity run wild!
Here at MOMables, we want to help your holiday season be the best in can be; the same thing goes for meal time year round! Grab a free week of lunches and dinners to make life a little easier.
We hope you enjoy these 10 Christmas activities for kids! We know your kids will definitely have fun with them.
1. Popcorn Santa Claus from Crafty Morning
2. Gingerbread House Party from Mommy Erica
3. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Treat Bag Toppers from Pretty Providence
4. Reindeer Gift Bag from Fiskars
5. Reindeer Food Bar from It’s A Mom’s World
6. Candy Cookie Cones from Coupon Clipping Cook
7.Candy Cane Reindeer from Mom Inspired Life
9. Christmas Cookie Decorating Station from Design Dining Diapers
10. Recycled Crayon Christmas Trees from East Coast Mommy
Are the kids home for Christmas break and already bored? If you find yourself out of ideas for them to do over their holiday break, keep reading.
I’ve put together a Christmas Break Activities for Kids and Survival Guide for Parents to help beat boredom and hopefully keep the sibling bickering to a minimum. It’s filled with activities and projects they will love and that even adults will find engaging.
Every year, I wish I had been more organized, browsed Pinterest longer for more things to do, and had more time to try new recipes. In the end, I always wish I had “old school” activities on hand that required no electronic devices and kept my children engaged for hours and helped build memories.
Here are 10 I’ll be trying this holiday season:
1. Magic Reindeer Food Recipe
The kids will love making food for the reindeer that will be visiting their home. They can even make extra in goodie bags for their friends in the neighborhood to enjoy as well! This site has a free printable version as well!
2. Movie Night!
3. DIY Handprint Christmas Ornament
These Salt Dough Handprint Christmas Tree Ornaments are the perfect DIY project for the kids and a good keepsake. The kids will have tons of fun decorating their ornament.
4. Candy Cane Science Experiment
Candy canes are very popular this time of year. This experiment is neat way for your kids to learn a little more about candy and not just eat it! Click here to see more.
5. Make Your Own Snow Globe
This DIY snow globe project is so cute! Your kids can make their snow globe into anything they want!
6. Play Christmas Minute to Win It
Minute To Win It is always a fun game. Click here for a list of fun Christmas games for the whole family!
7. Bake and Decorate Cookies
Baking is one of our favorite things to do this time of year, especially these gluten-free sugar cookies! It’s so fun for the kids to bake and then decorate their cookies!
8. Go on a Candy Cane Hunt
Every kid loves a good scavenger hunt! This Candy Cane Hunt is a great way for the kids to play together. They can each take turns hiding candy canes throughout the house. It will also get them thinking and using math to decide who wins the hunt!
9. Christmas Bingo
Christmas Bingo is fun for the whole family! This site has a super cute free printable version so that you and your family can play whenever you want.
10. Snowman Slam Game
This is not only a fun game for the kids, but it’s also super easy to make! Snowman Slam is a great game that will be keep the kids busy.
Here’s to fun times ahead with the kids!
Are the kids home this week for their Thanksgiving break? Are you at a loss about what they will do all week? Don’t worry! I’ve created a “Thanksgiving Week Survival Guide.” This list includes 10 activities to do with your kids, including crafts, baking, and much more!
I know that if you are not living in the U.S., you are not celebrating Thanksgiving this week. That’s okay! Consider this a freebie for your next holiday week or long weekend when you have the kids home.
Turkey Hand-/Footprint Plate
My mom is hosting Thanksgiving this year, and grandparents LOVE this king of keepsake. Get the directions and materials here.
I plan on doing this Thanksgiving–themed hunt after we eat Thanksgiving dinner but while we wait for dessert (have to let the food go down, right?
Bake something together.
We are making these apple pie muffins. Do I have to sell you on the idea of apple pie flavors baked into a muffin? Get the recipe here.
Bring out their inner scientists.
This “Sparkly Explosion” experiment is fun, and it lets the kids use their imagination while learning at the same time. Click here to learn how.
Getting too loud around the house? This activity will keep them calm and prevent the familiar “I’m bored” phrase. Get the how-to here.
Make a “Thankful Tree.”
This is one activity we plan on doing as a family. Together, we can say all the things we are thankful for. Get the printables here.
When they need a break from video games or TV time, this is one fun game that will get them moving and giggling.
Bring out their competitive side with this Thanksgiving edition of the popular game. Game-night reinvented! Get the game printables here.
Are you gathering with a lot of the family? Make this one fun activity everyone will love to play!
We plan on catching up on movies we missed this week. My daughter made a long “watch list” on Netflix, and popcorn is in the plans. Make your own popcorn without the chemicals like this, and turn it into Almond Joy popcorn or White Chocolate Popcorn.
And there you have it, my friends. My activity list to hang out and do cool things with my kids.
Here’s to a wonderful week ahead to be spent with your family!
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with all things parenthood, this podcast is for you. From delegating chores and responsibilities to finding work/life balance and rediscovering sex (gasp!), Meagan and I talk about tips for building a happier home and how to keep our emotional tanks full so we can focus on doing what matters.
Meagan Francis is a mother of five and a blogger, writer, and expert on being a happier, more productive mom. Her blog, The Happiest Home, and her book: The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood, help mothers find satisfaction in family and home life, while encouraging them to go after their own dreams too.
Meagan’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines and websites such as Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, The Huffington Post, and Babble.com. She also appears often in media outlets including the New York Times, Woman’s Day, and Fox & Friends.
Many moms experience a level of loneliness that surprises them. Laura explains that there are two types of loneliness and discusses how to reach out and get past them. She talks about the difference between seeking connection via blogs versus forums and private Facebook groups, and which might be better.
Moms need real-life friends, too. We’ve all read tips on going to the park or library storytime to make mom friends, but are those really the best places to do that? Does a misguided sense of nostalgia lead us to believe that we’ll form tight-knit, playgroup-based friendships, where all the moms will be friends for life? What if we don’t find that? What if that doesn’t fit with our personality? Meagan has some ideas for thinking outside the box when it comes to forming friendships.
Delegating chores and housework is important in the Francis household, but she says chore charts really aren’t her thing. Meagan tells us how she goes about it and why that works for her family. Moms often feel they don’t have time to get certain basic things done, such as taking a shower or getting enough sleep. Meagan has advice for how to choose what things really need to be a priority and how that might be different for each person.
Speaking of priorities, does it feel like everyone else is swinging from the chandeliers and “doing it” except for you and your sweetie? We dig a little deeper to find out what’s really going on.
What does it mean to have work/life balance or mommy guilt? Meagan tells us what those phrases mean to her and how she does what she calls “riding out the cycles of life.” Meagan describes what it means to “aim low and go slow” in our lives. She explains how compromise doesn’t have to be a dirty word.
Finally, Meagan gives us her best advice for having a happier home and what that means to her.
Note: I was also a guest on Meagan’s podcast: The Home Hour. To hear us talk about all things school lunch, click here.
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Do you struggle getting your kids to eat at mealtime? What about getting your kids to try new foods? If you want to know how to make mealtime easier for the entire family, this is one podcast you don’t want to miss!