Creating Healthy Habits

Little Kitchen Helpers

kitchen helpers

 

Kitchen Helpers: One of the best ways to create healthy habits is to get your kids involved from an early age! Kids are naturally curious, and they love to help (at least when they are little anyways) so I’ve always liked to include some age appropriate kitchen tasks for the boys when it comes to meal prep and clean up.

Age 2-3:

kitchen helpers

  • rip lettuce (and other greens) for salads
  • wash fruits and vegetables
  • mash potatoes (or other vegetables
  • help pour pre-measured ingredients into a larger bowl
  • mix batter with a whisk
  • help to decorate cakes and cookies

Age 4-5:

  • use a rolling pin
  • help knead bread and cookie dough
  • measure dry ingredients
  • make simple sandwiches
  • butter toast
  • retrieve ingredients from the cupboard or fridge

Age 6-8:

kitchen helpers

  • mix batter with a hand mixer
  • use a cookie cutter
  • crack eggs
  • peel hard boiled eggs (that have been cooled)
  • warm something up in the microwave
  • clean the table and counter tops
  • sweep
  • help to wash dishes (plastics, etc) or help to load the dishwasher (if you have one)
  • make juice (from frozen concentrate)
  • set the table

Age 9-10

kitchen helpers

  • cut fruits and vegetables with a paring knife
  • peel potatoes, carrots and other vegetables
  • help stir items on the stove
  • use a can opener or garlic press
  • grate cheese
  • form meatballs and burger patties
  • help to make pie crust
  • make school lunches
  • help put groceries away
  • pour milk and juice
  • mop the floors

Use your discretion because each child is unique and has their own talents and abilities!

I also think it is important to include the kids in meal planning. I meal plan 2 weeks at a time, so I always allow each of the boys to choose a meal they want for each meal plan. I find they are better eaters if they’ve helped to decide what is for dinner AND if they had a hand in helping prepare it!

*Always make sure that there is appropriate adult supervision when working with hot foods, the microwave, stove/oven and knives.

Happy Cooking!


Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.