Cooking Skills By Age

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Match your kids' skill levels with various tasks for safe kitchen fun. Here are some suggestions for age-specific tasks:
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Kids in the Kitchen


3-Year Olds
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Stir ingredients in a bowl
  • Tear lettuce
  • Pour liquids
4-Year Olds
  • Grease pans
  • Open packages
  • Peel oranges or hard-cooked eggs
  • Snip fresh herbs with dull scissors
  • Mash bananas with a fork
5-to 6-Year Olds
  • Measure ingredients
  • Cut soft foods with a blunt knife
  • Set the table
  • Garnish food
7-to 8-Year Olds
  • Help plan the meal
  • Roll and shape cookies
  • Beat ingredients with a whisk
  • Find ingredients in a cabinet or spice rack
  • Make a salad
9- to 12-Year Olds
  • Open cans
  • Use a microwave oven
  • Prepare simple recipes with few ingredients
  • Use an oven (with supervision)
  • Use a knife (with supervision)
  • Shred cheese and vegetables
13- to 16-Year Olds
  • Prepare recipes with multiple ingredients
  • Prepare recipes independently