Cooking with kids can be rewarding, messy fun. This quality time allows children to learn new skills at a pace that works for them. When assigning kids kitchen responsibilities, consider age and maturity, to choose appropriate tasks. Let us help introduce your child to the world of cooking!
Kids can start getting hands-on in the kitchen at this age with close supervision.  Some tasks that they can do include:
At these ages, kids can start to handle more challenging tasks that involve reading, counting, and using more complicated kitchen tools.  Some examples could be:
In between these ages, kids are ready to become a little more independent in the kitchen.  Tasks that they can complete on their own may be:
Note: You might find that some of these suggestions are either too advanced or too simple for your child. You know them better than anyone! These ideas can just serve as a guide as you begin to think about ways to get your kids involved.
When getting kids involved in the kitchen, you will want to make sure that they are learning food safety, as well. For tips on how to stay food safe with kids in the kitchen, see the infographic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics below. 
Written by Darci Bell, RDN, LD, Ph.D. Student | Edited by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD