Cooking may be something you are used to doing alone, especially when cooking for children. However, this time could be a great opportunity to get your kids involved. Encouraging new things and supporting children in their achievement of simple tasks has positive influences on their development.
You may be thinking, isn’t my child too young to be helping in the kitchen? However, there are some great tasks that your child will be able to do safely and sufficiently. The USDA provides some great tips on kitchen activities for different ages (2-5 years old). Some tasks include setting the table, rinsing fruits and vegetables, pouring, measuring, and mixing ingredients together.
Visit choosemyplate.gov for a breakdown on appropriate kitchen activities by age group.