All kids develop abilities at a different rate, depending on a mix of genetics and environment. However, check out any mommy blog and you'll notice that we still want to know what kids can and should be doing at certain ages. Below, I've included some examples of activities many preschool-aged kids can to do in the kitchen.
REMEMBER, these skills are things kids can do WITH HELP and they will only build on their abilities with practice. That means your 4-year-old will likely need to start with the activities in the 1-year-old section if they've never cooked before (although, they'll certainly learn them faster than a 1-year-old). Now go have fun in the kitchen!
Washing produce (in a bowl)
Snapping fresh beans
Dipping vegetables and fruits
Scrubbing vegetables and fruits with a brush
Tearing lettuce and salad greens
Brushing oil or butter on food or a pan
Skewering fruits & vegetables
Cracking raw eggs
Making balls & forming patties
Using a garlic press
Cutting safely with small knives
Using a can opener
Peeling fruits and veggies with a vegetable peeler
Please remember these activities all need to be SUPERVISED, especially learning to use sharp tools and machinery!
Looking for more ideas?
I created a free chart with EIGHT more suggestions in each age range. I’d love to email it to you!