The mastery of basic cooking skills is something I desire for my daughters. However, while I mentally assent to the idea of having them help me in the kitchen, the reality means spending more time accomplishing a task and cleaning up a larger mess when we’re done. We used to bake together every weekend, but that has fallen by the wayside lately. This summer I am determined to do better!
Last Saturday I had them each make their own lunch; that was relatively simple as it involved a sandwich for one and a bagel for the other. My goal for the coming months is to have each of them help me prepare one supper a week. As we progress, I aim to become less involved in the actual preparation of the dishes and act as more of a supervisor.
Here are seven cooking-related tasks that I’d like for my girls to learn (some of them more appropriate for my nine-year-old than my seven-year-old).
- Make a dough of some sort (biscuit, pizza, bread).
- Chop fruits and vegetables.
- Peel a potato.
- Boil water for pasta (with lots of supervision!)
- Wash dishes. *blushing* (After a meal, they clear their places and load the dishwasher, but don’t actually wash dishes.)
- Follow a cookie recipe and complete it alone (except for assistance getting them in and out of the oven.)
- Clean up when finished by putting away leftover ingredients, wiping off counter tops, etc.
Do your children help you in the kitchen often? Please let me know of other age-appropriate skills that I can add to my list!
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