Children Ages 3-6 years:
Stir ingredients in a bowl (they like to mix stuff up).
Scrub and wash fruits or vegetables (otherwise known as playing in the sink).
Add ingredients to a bowl (teaches organization).
Children Ages 6-8 years:
Fill and level measuring cups and spoons (they can be more accurate than you).
Set the table (teaches organization).
Beat ingredients with a wire whisk (advanced tool and food blending).
Use a dull knife to cut soft foods (teaches methods of preparation).
Children Ages 8-10 years:
Use a can opener (learn about kitchen tools).
Use a microwave oven (with supervision only).
Prepare simple recipes with few ingredients (teaches independence).
Children Ages 10-12 years:
Use an oven (only with your supervision).
Use a knife with supervision (teaches safety).
Use a grater to shred ingredients (advance kitchen tools and coordination).
Children Ages 12-16 years:
Prepare recipes with multiple ingredients (mastering difficulties build trust and self esteem).
Prepare recipes independently with little or no supervision (encourages independence and responsibility).