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Ask the Expert - Preschool Kitchen Helpers

My preschool children, ages 2 and 4, like to help me in the kitchen. What are some age-appropriate things they can do?
Ask the Expert - Preschool Kitchen Helpers

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By Debra Habedank, M.S., Director of the Center for Child Development, NDSU

Cooking experiences help children learn to follow directions, develop fine motor skills, learn words, learn sorting and classifying skills, and their social skills. Even 2-year-olds can help in the kitchen. Remember, all cooking activities require close adult supervision for safety.

These are beginning cooking activities for preschool children:

  • Tasting and sitting at the table
  • Dipping
  • Scrubbing
  • Tearing, breaking and snapping
  • Pouring and measuring
  • Mixing and shaking
  • Spreading
  • Juicing
  • Peeling with fingers

Have fun with your child!

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