It’s National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day- Here’s Tips to Encourage Your Tiny Chefs

Let the kids lead the way in the kitchen!

September 12, 2018
By: Amanda Mushro
happy family  funny kids are preparing the dough, bake cookies in the kitchen


happy family funny kids are preparing the dough, bake cookies in the kitchen

Photo by: evgenyatamanenko


Today is a good day to have too many cooks in the kitchen because it’s National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day. So pass out the aprons and grab a few extra spoons and bowls because today you are going to have a few tiny chefs to help you prep and make meals and snacks. Not sure your kids are ready to take on these duties? Here’s a few way to encourage and inspire their inner chef.

Let Them Plan and Shop- Kids love options so let them pick out the recipes—within reason of course! Make a list of what you will need and then take the kids to grocery shop for the ingredients. Your kids will love the independent feelings of planning and shopping with you, and this might make grocery shopping with kids an enjoyable experience—maybe.

Print Out The Recipe- If you’re like me, I use my phone or tablet when I’m following a recipe, but when you are cooking with your kids, having a printed version can be helpful. A quick search on Pinterest and you will probably find kid-friendly versions that have larger print, fewer words, and even pictures. Since learning how to read and follow a recipe is key to cooking success, this tip will really help your kids.

Talk about Kitchen Safety- From washing their hands to being careful around the stove and when using knives, be sure to let them know how to have fun but stay safe in the kitchen.

Let Them Do More Than Just Stir- From measuring, pouring, mixing, and even cutting and chopping, let your kids actually help! Believe me, there have been times I have wanted to rush through making something or have been nervous that my kids are getting heavy handed with the seasoning, but part of the fun of cooking is really cooking. So supervise and help but let them really get their hands into making the meal.

Expect a Mess- Things are probably going to get messy, and that’s OK. Part of cooking is also cleaning, so teach your kids exactly how to clean up. Before they wash their hands and run out of the kitchen, make sure the kids are cleaning with you.

Need some recipe inspiration? Why not try these pizza bagels, cheese puffs, or no-bake snacks.

Next Up

Get in the Kitchen with Your Kids! Study Shows Cooking Classes Improve Children’s Nutrition Knowledge

Looking for courses or camps for your kids? Here’s why you should check out cooking classes.

Keep Kids Safe with These Bunk Bed Safety Tips and Products

Keep kids safe when they have a bunk bed in their bedroom

Follow These Sledding Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Winter

Have fun sledding, but keep your kiddos safe with these tips.

Tips for Planning a Babymoon on a Budget

Here’s our guide to planning an easy, budget-friendly babymoon.

Here’s What to Do If You Think You Have Mastitis

Everything breastfeeding moms need to know to feel better fast

Lifeguards Warn Parents — This Leads to Kids Drowning

Keep your kids safe in the water with this simple tip.

Tips for Graduation Gift Etiquette, from Preschool to College

Not sure what’s an appropriate gift for the grad? Follow these guidelines.

Genius Ways to Get Your Kids to Love Reading

March 2 is National Read Across America Day