I think we all struggle with trying to include our kids in the kitchen, or knowing what tasks are age appropriate.  Sometimes it is just easier and faster if they don’t help out.  However as parents we are doing a disservice to them and ourselves by excluding our children from the kitchen.  It is a good idea for them to get involved in the kitchen as there are many skills for them to learn.  Plus as an added bonus as they get more skillful it can be a great help to delegate some of the cooking to them.  I have always said I wanted to teach my children the skills to thrive as adults and being able to feed yourself is just one part of that.  Cooking together is also a great way to spend some quality time together and learn some of the likes and dislikes of your children.

kids helping in the kitchen

Inspired by the Ben’s Beginner Get Kids Cooking campaign, I wanted to share some age appropriate activities to help you get your kids in the kitchen!  The key is to start small and have patience, learning a new task takes time.  That might mean that you don’t try to teach your child to dice veggies on a weeknight when you are trying to get out the door to swimming lessons.  However having them pitch in to prepare for a family BBQ on the weekend is a great way to start things off.
 get kids involved in the kitchen skills by age table

Now that you have some great ideas to get your kids helping i the kitchen, head over to the Get Kids Cooking website to take up the weekly challenges! Logan Guleff, U.S. MasterChef Junior – Winner Season Two, will be issuing these challenges and, providing a cooking tips until October 11th. If you accept the challenge, all you have to do is make the item he challenges you with then upload photos of your awesome dish for a chance to win one of three $10,000 RESPs.

If you are stuck on ideas,  The Uncle Ben’s website has lots of great recipes. It is sure to get you inspired!  Here are some of our favourites that we have tried:

Chicken Fajita Skillet with Nachos

Sweet and Sour Pork

Chicken Quesadillas

Curry Chicken Basmati Rice Pilaf

How do you get you get your kids involved in the Kitchen?

 

Disclosure:  This post was brought to you by Uncle Ben’s.  All opinions are strictly my own.

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Kate & Company

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