My kids have always loved helping out in the kitchen and I’m usually happy to have them. Usually, but not always. Sometimes, when I’m in a hurry they are just underfoot. You know how it is when you are running around trying to get dinner on the table. My oldest daughter is o.k with hearing “Not now, I’m in a hurry.” My youngest daughter, however, does not take “no” for an answer and insists that she help me every time I’m in the kitchen. In fact, I’ve learned it’s easier just to give her a task. As a result, I’ve had to get creative with finding tasks that aren’t in my way and are age appropriate. Here are a few things I’ve found that both of them can easily do. I often will put them at the dining room kitchen, completely out of my way.
- Distribute lettuce and other ingredients in bowls for salad.
- Butter bread.
- Peel shrimp
- Crush crackers in a baggie with a rolling-pin.
- Grate cheese.
- Get needed items from fridge and pantry.
- Mash avocados and bananas with a fork.
- Scrub potatoes.
- Peel potatoes or cucumbers with a peeler.
As a result of her persistence, she’s getting really good in the kitchen and becoming a huge help. In fact, they aren’t really in my way anymore and the effort of working with them is going to pay off in the near future. Even if you are in a hurry, find a small way to involve your kids in the kitchen. I can’t think of a better life skill for them to learn.