Cook with Your Kids

Use fun recipes and easy tasks to build your child’s kitchen confidence.

Cooking together promotes teamwork and family bonding and also encourages your child to develop healthy lifestyle habits.

“Parents should model good behaviors for their children at an early age,” says Heather Krieger, MS, RD, CD, Clinical Dietitian at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “Sharing excitement about healthy eating in a fun environment helps a child learn life-long cooking skills and feel prepared to make nutritious food.”

Fun Family Kitchen Tasks for Every Age Group

AGES 3 – 5

  • Use measuring spoons to scoop out ingredients.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Roll, shape, or cut pizza dough.
  • Tear herbs or mush fruit.

AGES 6 – 7

  • Cut with a small, child-friendly knife under supervision.
  • Understand basic math to complete measurements.
  • Hand-peel fruit or cooled hard-boiled eggs.
  • Set the table.

AGES 8 – 11

  • Help create a family shopping list.
  • Follow a basic recipe.
  • Use a peeler, can opener, and stove under supervision.
  • Whisk with a balloon whisk or handheld mixer.


  • Follow food hygiene: handwashing between raw ingredients and storing food correctly.
  • Use more advanced math skills: counting, dividing portions, and doubling recipes.
  • Learn about kitchen equipment and how to use it.
  • Develop fine motor skills: pouring without spilling or opening packets.

  1. Chilled mashed banana “ice cream”
  2. English muffin pizzas
  3. Fruit kabobs on child-friendly skewers
  4. Grilled cheese on whole-wheat bread
  5. Salads
  6. Slow cooker chili
  7. Turkey pinwheels
  8. Veggie quesadillas

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