Some people seem to be naturally good at incorporating their kids into cooking. In fact, some of my friends look like they come right out of a family and food magazine they do it so well. Me on the other hand, all I think about is the mess that my kids will make, the extra time it will take to put the meal together, how the crackers can't touch the dip display, and the fact there may be a finger poke or two in the brownies by the time we serve them to our guests.
I want to be the fun mom that lets flour fly all over my kitchen, while me and my kids laugh, spend quality time together. In this scenario, we make a delicious meal and the mess magically cleans itself up. But the truth is, I can't handle that. Learning to coexist in the kitchen with my young children didn't come natural to the perfectionist, time-saving person I tend to be. That's why I realized it helps to have activities planned ahead of time. Here's a list to help plan fun, learning activities in the kitchen organized by the child's age.
At 2 Years
Learning to coexist in the kitchen with my young children didn't come natural to the perfectionist, time-saving person I tend to be.
At 3 Years
At 4 Years
At 5 Years
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