Cooking With Kids

Exposing your children to cooking skills will not only help them develop an interest in food, but will make them more aware of where the food they are eating comes from.

Praise your child’s efforts to help in the kitchen. Focus on effort and enjoyment, not results.

As your child confidence grows, gradually increase the level of responsibility you give them in the kitchen. Use the following table as a guide:

Age Skills Appropriate Cooking Activities
2-4 years Thinks cooking is playingDevelops ability to manipulate small objects
  • Cutting herbs with toddler scissors
  • Podding peas
  • Rolling and kneading dough
  • Pouring cold liquids
  • Mashing potatoes
  • Mixing
  • Washing vegetables


5-7 years Has more control when manipulating small items
  • Beating ingredients
  • Cracking eggs
  • Grating
  • Peeling vegetables
  • Sifting flour
  • Squeezing  juice
  • Stirring
8+ years Hand eye coordination improving rapidly
  • Chopping and cutting
  • Choosing recipes
  • Reading recipes and following recipe instructions
  • Weighing and measuring ingredients
  • Writing the grocery list and locating ingredients within a supermarket



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About this site…

Food habits that are formed during childhood have a big influence on health outcomes on adulthood.

The Back to Basics program helps to expose young children to healthy food to improve their health both now and in the future.

The development of this program has been made possible by the support of:


Medibank Community Fund

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation


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