From around 8 years of age, children can also be:
- Cutting herbs with scissors
- Grating vegetables and cheeses
- Using whisks and egg beaters
- Greasing and lining tins and trays
- Peeling hard boiled eggs, cracking eggs and separating whites and yolk
- Setting the table
- Reading a recipe
- Planning a family meal including looking at cook books
- Helping to find items at the supermarket
As children reach high school, they can be:
- Cutting with a small paring knife
- Making meals themselves
- Working independently in the kitchen
As you cook with your kids, talk about the interesting and unique things about different foods – colours, textures, smells, and sounds. This can encourage food exploration and help kids feel more interested in the cooking process.
Safety and supervision is always the priority, but remember to give your child the chance to build confidence and independence with their tasks. Introduce new activities that are appropriate for their abilities, and take a calm, encouraging approach. Mess and mistakes are part of the learning process!