Cooking with Kids

Selecting Appropriate Tasks and Recipes for Different Age Groups

Cooking with 5 – 7 year olds

Smashed potato pizzaKids at this age will be interested in grown-up activities, but may show signs of being picky eaters. Cooking with them
can help them warm up to the idea of trying new foods. Try letting them:

  • Use simple kitchen equipment such as a grater, toaster, blender switches or can-opener after you show them how to do so safely
  • Stir ingredients together (like sauces or dressings, or toss together salad ingredients)
  • Slice soft-cooked vegetables, soft fruit, cheese or tofu with a plastic or child-safe knife
  • Cook with a friend for a fun play date

Try making this recipe for Smashed Potato Pizza – the kids can help with the smashing and placing the pre-cut ingredient toppings.

Cooking with 8 – 10 year olds

easy, kid friendly, bacon, Creamer potatoes, Little Chef approved

At this age, kids can follow simple steps for recipes. Try letting your kids:

  • Use the microwave with your help
  • Stir dishes on the stove to prevent sticking
  • Add some of their favorite healthy ingredients (eg. fruits, vegetables, seeds or nuts) to a dish, such as a salad
  • Help select what recipe you’ll make together
  • Write out a grocery list

This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Creamer Potatoes is delicious! Modified to use our Blushing Belles, kids can help to mix and lay on the baking tray.

Cooking with 11 – 13 year olds

potato-skins-ENGKids at this age are able to understand how to use appliances safely and are usually more adventurous in trying new flavors and textures. They can:

  • Use the stove on their own to make basic recipes: omelets, frittatas, pancakes, quesadillas, soups or grilled sandwiches
  • Decide what healthy meal they would like to prepare and write a shopping list of ingredients
  • Depending on their level of experience, improvise and substitute ingredients in a recipe
  • Choose what is needed to balance out a meal so it has food from each food group, based on the Canada Food Guide

Try making this Potato Skins recipe, using our Blushing Belles for a fun family appetizer or side dish. Potato skins are loved by all!