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 Cooking with Kids at different ages

Cooking is something that many children long to do.  To help you decide what is right for your child, we have written what aid your child can give you in cooking.  So, get ready to get into that kitchen and start cooking!


   3 to 6 years
  • can stir ingredients in a bowl
  • wash fruits and vegetables 
  • can add ingredients to a bowl if supervised
  • can hold a portable electric mixer with adult supervision.  The adult should turn the mixer on and off and control the speed while the beaters are in the bowl. 
   7 to 10 years
  • fill and level measuring spoons and cups
  • can pour liquids into a measuring cup
  • heat ingredients with a wire whisk 
  • can use a dull knife to cut and spread soft foods, such as butter and jam
   11 to 12 years
  • can use an electric can opener 
  • learn how to use a microwave 
  • prepare simple recipes with very little help from an adult
   13 to 14 years
  • use the oven; can learn how to use oven mitts and where to place the hot dish after it is taken out of the oven 
  • use a knife with supervision 
  • use a hand-held grater to shred ingredients (warn your child to keep his knuckles away) 
   15 years and older
  • make recipes with many ingredients 
  • use an electric mixer without supervision 
  • prepare recipes without supervision (however, it is better if you are at home, while they prepare these dishes.

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