When is it safe to let your child help in the kitchen?

Ruchi - posted on 04/24/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is extremely inspired by australia's Junior Chef and wants to start helping with kitchen work. I don't know how much I should allow her and what are the boundaries?

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Valerie - posted on 04/24/2011

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when they show interest it is time...and then you need to make sure it is a safe experience by keeping away from stove, hot things, sharp things, falling,, using utensils that wont cut them, cutting soft foods first to learn...a kids cookbook can be a great place to start for fun things to do in the kitchen together

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Zee - posted on 10/28/2011

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Children can help at any age stirring etc. I let mine crack the eggs even into a separate bowls. Just be sure to teach them not to lick their fingers. I don't let mine near heat but I do allow them to watch that part. My eight year old is getting big enough to trust to follow instructions.

Georgia - posted on 09/16/2011

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My oldest is 5 and I have pictures of him helping at age 1 or so. My 2.5 and 1.5 year olds help as well...they love it.

Tradia - posted on 09/11/2011

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My children are 9,5,and 3. The twin boys are 9 they recently started taking an interest in helping. The girls started helping me at 2. They can stir and dump stuff in the bowls for you. Now that they are older I let them help more with the stove or microwave. My son Jaden helped fry chicken last week with my help and Jaylen helped bake cupcakes! I say once they can really follow directions and understand that sometime cooking can get you hurt is when they can help. MeKynzi and Aryan know that they never mess with the knives even when loading up the diswasher and the Jaylen and jaden know not to touch the stove unless I'm in there too.

Lexi - posted on 09/08/2011

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My son is 2 and I just started letting him help me. He loves to stir and pour and help clean up. And of course eat what we've made! He knows to stay away from the oven and I don't let him help me with anything on the stove. I keep a really close eye on him while the stove or oven are turned on. I loved helping my mom in the kitchen as a kid and was making up my own recipes and cooking by myself when I was about 8 or 9. Don't know how old your daughter is but I think the key is just to teach proper safety and supervise her until she seems responsible enough to do it on her own. It's awesome that she has that interest and wants to be involved. It will make for some great bonding times between you two and good learning and fun for her.

Gena - posted on 08/31/2011

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My son has been heping me cook since he was about a year old! I held him up to the counter and let him stir food and put things into bowls...now he is 4 and with constant supervision, he helps stir things on the stove and use the mixer to prepare cakes, etc.....I think as long as they are watched and they are interested...you should let them help as much as possible!

Amberly - posted on 04/26/2011

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My daughter is 1 and she puts away all of her sippy cups because they are in her reach, (the drawer near the floor). When I need help stirring things up, and pressing buttons on the microwave I get my 4 year old to do that. They are also good about helping to but dishes into the dishwasher. Good luck.

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