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“Can I Help?” Music To a Mom’s Ears.
Ok moms, its summer and you’ve now opened the refrigerator for the 57th time and it’s not even 10am. “I’m hungry.” “Can I have a snack?” “Is it time for lunch yet?” It’s relentless. So when my kiddos started asking if they could help in the kitchen, I was all in. Breakfast seemed like a good place to start. Cereal, oatmeal and fruit are pretty much all standard fare at my house, so I add all the essentials to my list and head to my local Jewel-Osco (located no more than 3 minutes from my house).
When Kids Are Old Enough to Help Out in the Kitchen
I think this varies but I would say most kids are old enough to help out in the kitchen by age 4. I certainly don’t mean preparing a 3-course meal, but helping set the table, clear dishes, add ingredients, stir, pour, etc. My kids have always expressed an interest and love cooking with me and my husband, as well as with their grandparents.
Pitching in early makes the transition to easy meal-prep even easier! My kids love Quaker Life breakfast cereal and Quaker Instant Oatmeal with a glass of Tropicana 100% Pure Orange Juice. At ages 8 and 10, they can easily handle pouring cereal and milk, as well as using the microwave, and mama can enjoy her coffee and scroll Instagram for just a few extra minutes;)
A List of Activities by Age
Want to involve your kids in cooking? We’ve put together a list of all the ways young kids can help out in the kitchen, with activities tailored to their age and ability. So whether they’re 2 or 10, you can train up a little sous chef! All kids develop at different rates, so these age ranges are just suggestions. Your kid may be ready to do a certain task earlier or later than suggested below. Obviously, follow your own instincts, be safe, and be there with them as they begin helping out!
18 Months to 3 Years
Somewhere around 18 months (but possibly even closer to two years), is we kids are ready to start helping out in the kitchen with a few simple tasks, like:
- Pour dry and liquid ingredients into a bowl.
- Rinse fruits and vegetables.
- Scrub potatoes.
- Pick herbs off the stem.
- Tear greens into pieces.
- Brush oil or butter with a pastry brush.
- Stir batter in a bowl.
- Mash vegetables.
- Sprinkle salt or herbs.
- Hold the dustpan.
4 to 5 Years Old
Preschoolers are hard at work on their fine motor skills, so this is a good time to give them slightly more detailed work, although they’ll still need lots of help and supervision! You can have them:
- Roll out and knead pizza or bread dough.
- Juice lemons and limes.
- Crack an egg.
- Measure and level dry ingredients with a straight edge.
- Set the timer.
- Whisk a vinaigrette.
- Peel a cooled hard-boiled egg.
- Set the table.
- Rinse dishes that aren’t too heavy.
- Spray the countertop with a kid-safe all-purpose cleaner, then wipe it clean.
- Fill the dishwasher soap compartment, and press the “Start” button.
I hope these tips and ideas for when kids are old enough to help out in the kitchen is helpful!
Jewel-Osco Anniversary Sale
As I mentioned above, my neighborhood Jewel-Osco is so convenient and easy to navigate that it’s my go-to for weekly grocery shopping. And right now, you can save even more on not only Quaker Life breakfast cereal, Quaker Instant Oatmeal and Tropicana 100% Pure Orange Juice, but so many of your favorite grocery staples during the Jewel-Osco Anniversary Sale.
The Jewel-Osco Anniversary Sale runs August 1st-14th. I purchased these products and more at my local Jewel-Osco but you can also stock up and save at any of the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit jewelosco.com to find a store near you and discover some fun meal prep tips and recipe ideas!