Edward-Elmhurst’s Healthy Driven Blog shared that if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that kids love getting their hands dirty.
They have just as much fun making mud pies in a back yard “kitchen” as they do making a more-edible yogurt parfait.
It’s a great idea to get kids working in the kitchen, even at a young age. The more you teach kids about good nutrition, the more likely they will be to make a habit of healthy cooking. Another bonus — cooking provides math, literacy and science lessons that are guaranteed to be fun!
Working on a recipe together gives adults an opportunity to teach kids about cleanliness. Thoroughly wash hands, utensils and work surfaces before starting, and make sure kids know not to sample the food before it’s cooked.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides an excellent breakdown of tasks kids can safely handle in the kitchen by age: