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3 Playful Methods to Teach Kids Responsibilities in the Kitchen


Child Chefs helping in the kitchen

There is an extremely thin line between letting a kid be a kid- AND- teaching them adequate foundational responsibilities that help them grow into competent adults. But what if we told you, it’d be contestable to choose. It’s quite doable to allow kids to incorporate play while teaching them responsibilities and providing education to help them discover their passion.

During the holidays, many children are on break. Thus, when cheffing your holiday-themed dinners or preparing Autumn inspired goodies, 2 things will happen.


1.) Your kids will likely want to help; therefore, making this calculated educational session a breeze to gain their participation.


2.) You will be completely ignored! Your voice will be deafened by the sounds of video games, overly hyper cartoons, or yelling and shouting from outdoor sports competitions. Nevertheless, with a little convincing, you can surely prevail. Explain to your child that you’d like a bit of help in the kitchen this year, and ask if they would assist. Tell them it won’t take very long and will give you the opportunity to talk and do a bit of bonding.

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Master Chefs Junior proves that kids can do some things just as well as adults- if not better! 8-year-olds are masterfully cooking Michelin dishes with levels of finesse that is nothing short of fascinating.

Getting Grown is keen on the promotion of career literacy through role play and other fun activities. To assist with this task, we’ve narrowed the top 3 roles you can assign your youngsters to help promote career education while teaching responsibilities.

1.) Sous Chef

Two young girl chefs mixing flour in a bowl

Assigning a right hand in the kitchen is a great start to teaching responsibilities in a super fun way! Ask your kids to watch a cooking show with you as a way to provide an idea of what it’s like to be a real chef. For parents who have more than one child, try giving each child a chance at a particular task to help them discover their strengths. In contrast, you can also appoint a different sous chef for each individual task.

First and perhaps most importantly, determine which recipe you’d like to attempt. This should be something easily understandable and not extremely difficult for your tyke to comprehend. Decide the kitchen equipment and tools that you will use. You can ask your young sous chef to read the recipe and the ingredients needed. Thus, this task is great for elementary and middle-school aged kids as it promotes subconscious reading.

In addition, ask your child to gather the ingredients and measure them. Be sure to encourage teamwork and assess your child’s joy in their current role.

2.) Rolling the Dough

Father and young daughter rolling dough

As you know, children have a ton of energy. So, why not take advantage of that energy in your kitchen? Everyone loves baking, as its sinful deliciousness makes our taste buds dance and our minds a bit less worried about those holiday pounds.

Children can easily help out with your holiday cooking by monitoring the pots on your stove, decorating your dining table, or rolling out the dough for a delicious & flaky pie crust.

Not only will this task give kids an understanding of what it takes to prepare a meal, but it will also promote physical activity. Rolling out pie or cake dough is a great form of exercise. And best of all, they’ll feel proud and amazed to see the results of their effort.

As for tweens and teenagers, a more adolescent-appropriate task may be called for. Learning how to work on the pie crust edges and picking fillings/ toppings helps to advocate critical thinking while promoting the conceptualization for making choices. Responsibilities can also be taught by asking your teen to monitor baking times and the proper way to cut a pie.

3.) Having an Official Stirrer

Father and three young daughters mixing ingredients in a bowl.

Many find stirring one of the most monotonous kitchen tasks, especially for sensitive dishes such as stews. That is because stirring needs to be done frequently.

It can be a big problem when you are multitasking, and mistakenly forget to stir. This is where having an official stirrer becomes helpful. Your child can sit beside the stove and hold a big spoon while you work on other dishes.

The official stirrer can also decide on the background music or radio station to play. Another task they can do is to set and monitor the times for the pots cooking on the stove.

Two young children sitting on a kitchen counter rolling dough

More common than not, your children will be more than willing to help out in the kitchen. Be sure to remind them that their simple contributions are vital to a yummy family meal. Embrace new and gladdening holiday traditions, using the kitchen as the perfect place to provide education, while creating memories that will last for lifetimes to come.


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