|My 3 year old scrambling eggs for breakfast|
|My 5 year old using the salad spinner|
- Washing vegetables - The kids love to use our salad spinner. Also, washing carrots, celery, any produce is an easy job for kids.
- Mixing - Kids like to mix just about anything. Older kids can use a hand mixer when baking cakes, making icing, etc... Younger kids just like to mix things with a spoon.
- Measuring - Teaching your kids kitchen measurements is a fun way to incorporate math into the kitchen. Even you youngest child can identify the 1 cup mark on a measuring cup. Older children can get a quick fraction lesson in the kitchen.
- Cutting / Dividing - When you are bulk cooking you can use the opportunity to introduce fractions again. Divide your dish into halves, quarters, thirds, you name it and teach your children about serving sizes.
- Washing Dishes - I know what you are thinking. Who wants to wash dishes anyway. Well younger kids LOVE to wash dishes and play in soapy water. My two youngest kids will fight at the chance to be the one to wash dishes. I love it too because that's one less thing I have to do. Who cares if the counter gets a little soaked in the process.
- Setting the table - This is a huge help during mealtime. When the kids set the table you can concentrate on getting the final details of dinner in place.
- Cleaning Meat - For older kids this is just a life skill. Understanding kitchen safety and cleanliness is very important. My 8 year old is very aware of how to clean meat as well as how to not contaminate other surfaces while she is cleaning.
- Stirring on the Stove - You may feel this is dangerous but under supervision it is a time saver. All three of my children stir fry vegetables, scramble eggs, stir sauces, you name it on the stove. This frees me up to chop vegetables or do other duties that they just are not ready for.
- Use kitchen appliances - Kids enjoy using blenders, choppers, and food processors. Be careful with younger ones because the blades are very sharp. Typically I will allow the younger ones to add ingredients from the top and not reach their hands in.
- Clean-up - I saved the best for last. After you are all stuffed after dinner who wants to face a dirty kitchen all alone. Every kid has a job. My oldest makes sure the counters are clear and clean. My middle cleans the kitchen table, and my youngest moves all the chairs away for sweeping. It is really a time saver.
|My 8 year old cleaning chicken breast|
What are ways that you kids help you? I would love to hear about it.
Blessing . . .