Kids Can Be Messy In The Kitchen But Lots Of Fun ( Momimhar posted on February 2nd, 2012 )

Do you allow your kids to help you in the kitchen?  Or do you give them a specific responsibility that they can do on  their own independently?

Kids in the kitchen can be messy – but it can also be a whole lot of fun, and a great way to learn about healthy eating and meal planning.

  • Offer age-appropriate kitchen tasks.  Pre-schoolers can pour pre-measured ingredients into a bowl, mix, and wash veggies.  With a child-safe scissor, your little one can even mince herbs.
  • Older kids can measure, peel, and follow simple recipes.
  • Rushed meal prep is not the time to involve the kids.  Wait until you have plenty of time.
  • Having child-sized tools will encourage your junior chef – and don’t forget the pint-sized apron!
  • Let your children choose the menu for one or two meals a week.
  • Try to let go of your worry about messes.  Remind yourself that a stain remover like OxiClean will take care of whatever mess your kids can cook up!

OxiClean for Reader’s Digest, Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011

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