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.