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They also learn essential skills that will come in handy when they are older and move out of the house.

Make cooking with a young chef one of your resolutions this year. Yes, it may take longer at the beginning and it may be messy. But you will reap the rewards later when they can make dinner for the whole family all by themselves. You will also build fond memories of time spent together in the kitchen.

Wondering how to start? Here is a list of tasks you can involve them with, depending on their motor skill level and experience helping in the kitchen.

Beginner level

Intermediate level

(Additional skills)

Advanced level

(Additional skills)

  • Cracking eggs
  • Cutting with a small knife soft fruit and vegetables
  • Cutting with scissors herbs
  • Greasing pans
  • Kneading/punching/pressing/rolling/cutting out/shaping dough
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Mixing
  • Plating food
  • Pouring cold liquids
  • Scooping/ Spreading/ Sprinkling/Stirring/Straining
  • Setting the table
  • Tossing greens
  • Washing fruit and vegetables
  • Whisking  
  • Cutting pizza with the pizza wheel
  • Chopping
  • Grating
  • Opening cans
  • Peeling with vegetable peeler
  • Reading recipes
  • Threading on wooden skewers
  • Toasting
  • Using a food processor

  • Dicing/Mincing
  • Frying/ Grilling/ Barbecuing
  • Roasting/Baking
  • Steaming

Need some inspiration? Check our tips on how to make cooking a family affair.

Are there tasks that you involve younger cooks with not listed above? Let us know in the comment box below!

by Rola Zahr, MPH, RD

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