Just one more thing your kids are pretty unlikely to get in school: cooking class. That means it’s up to you to teach them at home.
Fortunately, most kids love food. My three-year-old is all too eager to help out in the kitchen. About six months ago, I got tired of having him under foot and decided to put him to some useful work.
Skills he now has:
- Operating our rice cooker. I still help with the measuring, but he does the rest and it gives us a chance to talk fractions and proportions.
- Cutting cheese. We have a plastic-bladed cheese knife, a real adult kitchen tool with which it is virtually impossible to injure someone. Perfect practice for little hands.
- Whisking/stirring anything (with minimal splashing).
- Spreading peanut butter on bread, graham crackers, apples, etc. Yes, we eat peanut butter on everything.
- All the mixing, scooping, and pouring involved in making cupcakes, which were his big project for his birthday party. He was also in charge of the sprinkles.
- And his favorite: topping pizzas. He only eats the cheese and pepperoni, but he’ll put anything on there.
Next up, making hummus in the mini-chopper. We may also get into some chocolate chip cookies with the stand mixer some day soon.
What are your kids up to in the kitchen?