Many parents are using their time home during the MCO to experiment in the kitchen and practise new recipes. Get your kids involved and let them develop their cooking skills! #StayHomeHaveFun
First rule: safety
Cooking with your kids can be fun, but remember to prioritise safety. Keep your kitchen free from accidents with these tips:
- Hygiene: Remember to wash everything: hands, cooking utensils and ingredients.
- Sharp items: Handle knives and other sharp objects carefully and slowly. Keep sharp tools out of your kids’ reach. Tell them that sharp things can hurt.
- Hot items: Keep your kids away from the hot stove, oven, pans, pots and kettle. Do not leave a fire unattended, even briefly. Explain to them that hot things can burn.
- Electricity: Unplug unused electrical appliances. Keep the appliances dry and teach your child to not interfere with these machines when they are operating.
Age-appropriate kitchen tasks for kids
This is a general guide. Different children may develop their skills at a different rate. Know your child’s capability before letting him perform difficult tasks.
3 – 4 year olds
- Wash and scrub fruits and vegetables
- Help to roll the rolling pin
- Mix and mash ingredients
- Help pour ingredients into bowl
5 – 6 year olds
- Preparing simple snacks (e.g. peanut butter sandwiches)
- Help set the table
- Peel fruits such as oranges and bananas
- Help measure the amount of ingredients needed
- Hand-mix the batter
- Monitor the cooking time of food
- Decorate desserts (e.g. cupcakes and sugar cookies)
7 – 10 year olds
- Select ingredients needed while grocery shopping
- Let your child read recipes to you
- Plan meals with him; Give him the chance to decide
- Help to serve food and wash dishes
- Teach him to use knives/stoves/electrical appliances safely as he grows older
Here’s the time for home cooks to shine! Join our Masak-Masak Challenge! You only have to post photos/videos of you and your kids cooking/baking, or photos of what you prepared for the kids. Click here.