In the Trenches

Kids are more receptive to trying new foods if they have a hand in preparing the meal. If you find them trailing after you in the kitchen, feel free to get them arm-deep in the trenches! On that note, here are some ideas for you:

Tasks younger children can help with:

  • Peeling with vegetable peeler
  • Measuring
  • Kneading/punching/pressing/rolling/cutting out dough
  • Whisking
  • Cracking eggs
  • Scooping
  • Stirring
  • Tossing
  • Washing
  • Pouring cold liquids
  • Plating
  • Sprinkling
  • Spreading
  • Blending
  • Greasing
  • Shaping
  • Setting the table
  • Stuffing
  • Cutting with a small 8-inch serrated knife
  • Cutting herbs with scissors

Tasks older children can help with:

  • Threading on wooden skewers
  • Straining
  • Cutting soft fruit and vegetables
  • Boiling
  • Grating
  • Opening cans

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