Growing into Becoming a Good Cook


Preschool age children are perfecting their motor skills and developing their fine motor skills. They will enjoy activities such as:

  • Wiping tables
  • Greasing pans or opening packages
  • Washing fruits & vegetables
  • Peeling oranges or hard-boiled eggs
  • Pouring liquids
  • Tearing lettuce & salad greens
  • Mashing soft fruits & vegetables
  • Snapping fresh beans
  • Stirring or whisking ingredients in a bowl
  • Kneading bread dough
  • Snipping fresh herbs with dull scissors

Elementary School

Elementary age children are learning to control smaller muscles in their fingers. Offer them experiences such as:

  • Helping plan the meal & setting the table
  • Finding ingredients in a cabinet or spice rack
  • Opening cartons & bottles
  • Rolling bananas in cereal for a snack
  • Measuring dry & liquid ingredients
  • Grating cheese
  • Cuttin soft foods with a blunt knife
  • Boiling eggs & pasta
  • Frying eggs & grilling cheese sandwiches
  • Beating ingredients with a whisk

Teens & Tweens

Tweens & Teens are learning sequences and problem solving. Offer them experiences such as:

  • Opening cans or using a microwave oven
  • Preparing recipes with multiple ingredients
  • Using an oven & knife (with supervision)
  • Beating eggs for scrambled eggs & omelets
  • Warming soup in saucepan and ladling into bowls
  • Shredding cheese for quesadillas & assembling for microwave
  • Pulling cooked slow-cooker pork for barbecue sandwiches
  • Tossing cubed vegetables with oil & seasoning and placing on roasting pan