Spring Gatherings: Kids in the Kitchen

Before the Cooking Begins

Get organized and get talking. Small fry can be a part of menu planning and grocery shopping!

  • Talk it out. When planning family meals, let kids pick ingredients and flavors where possible.
  • Get organized. Cut out recipes from magazines or print a few from our recipe collection and let kids choose what to cook — then write up shopping list.
  • Keep track. Have the kids keep track of the grocery list and help cross off items as you go through the store.

Little Kid Can-Dos

asparagus

Wee little ones can help prepare family meals as long as they have simple tasks and supervision.

  • Tear lettuce leaves and place in salad spinner or colander
  • Rinse vegetables in a large bowl of cold water
  • Snap asparagus stalks to break off the stem end
  • Remove herbs from stems such as fresh thyme, rosemary or basil
  • Press buttons for blender or food processor

Bigger Kid Can-Dos

Older kids can graduate to more challenging tasks and tools while still under mom or dad’s watchful eye.

  • Peel hard-boiled eggs. To make the task easier on them, put eggs from the pot into a bowl of ice water for a few minutes before peeling.
  • Measure ingredients. Spoon and level dry ingredients like flour and pour wet ingredients like water, broth or milk.
  • Little hands roll great meatballs! Make sure to wash thoroughly before and after (the hands, not the meatballs).
  • Carefully crack eggs into a large bowl and separate by removing yolks with a large spoon (it takes a steady hand!)
  • Shred cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella on a box grater.
  • Dip fruit like strawberries and orange slices in melted chocolate.

DIY Easter Egg Dye: We love beets, blueberries, and turmeric. Play with red cabbage, coffee or tea, and paprika.