Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wait! Thanksgiving is here?

Somehow Thanksgiving crept up behind me and is now breathing down my neck. Anyone else surprised that we only have 1 week until turkey day? This year my dd is going to enjoy making a huge mess helping me in the kitchen. She's 2.5 and it got me thinking about what she can do, shouldn't do and cannot...no, I'm serious! do not do that!...do in the kitchen. For safety, of course.

Below are some guidelines from Safe Kids USA for kitchen activities that children of certain ages may be ready to handle:

Children between 3 and 5 can:

  • Get ingredients out of the refrigerator and cupboards. 
  • Stir ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Pour liquids into a bowl. 
  • Rinse foods under cold water.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in dough. 

Children between 6 and 8 can:

  • Use a butter knife to spread frosting, peanut butter or soft cheese.  
  • Peel vegetables.
  • Measure ingredients.
  • Stir together ingredients in a bowl.
  • Set the table.

Children between 9 and 12 can:

  • Begin to follow recipes.
  • Use electrical kitchen appliances such as blenders, food processors, electric mixers and microwaves.  
  • Help plan the meals.
  • Open cans.
  • Squeeze garlic from a garlic press and use a grater to shred cheese and vegetables.  
  • Turn stove burners on and off and select oven temperature when an adult is present.  

Children older than age 13 can:

  • Operate the stovetop without adult supervision.
  • Drain cooked pasta into a colander.
  • Remove a tray of cookies from the oven.
  • Heat food in the microwave without adult supervision
Y'all be safe and if you're frying a turkey, please do it outside. Remember, inside the garage is not outside.

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