Little Chefs: Get Your Five-Year-Old Cooking

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 21 May 2020

Little Chefs: Get Your Five-Year-Old Cooking

Getting your kids involved in the kitchen can be a rewarding way to bond, teach, and establish healthy food habits. Most kids love cooking and feel proud and excited about helping to serve-up a dinner that they helped create. In this article, we explore some fun ways to get them involved.

While five-year-olds aren’t ready for all kitchen tasks, they can master a few special skills[1] and be quite helpful little sous chefs.

What Cooking Skills are Safe for my Five-Year-Old?

Safety first. Children are excellent kitchen helpers, but it’s essential to keep tasks interesting, but age-appropriate. Here are some ways that five-year-olds can safely help out[2]:

  • Stirring and mixing
  • Cutting soft items like butter or bananas with a plastic knife
  • Squashing or tearing
  • Grating
  • Measuring
  • Placing chopped vegetables into pans
  • Pouring small amounts of liquids
  • Setting the table
  • Greasing pans

How to Get Your Five-Year-Old Cooking Make it Special

It’s fun to get your child excited about helping you cook, but also essential to establish the kitchen as a place to be careful and respectful. Do so by making the cooking process unique and “official.” Hire your little one as “sous chef” and go over the critical steps of kitchen safety (washing hands, taking care around knives, avoiding hot surfaces).

Clear Instructions

Having clear instructions in the kitchen makes sure everyone has fun, and the process doesn’t become too overwhelming for you or your child. Before you start cooking, decide what tasks you’ll hand over to your child, and layout space just for them to work.

Ask for Ideas

One of the essential parts of learning to cook is understanding your tastes and cooking styles. Encourage your child to think about flavours, tastes, likes dislikes, what goes together well, and what types of cooking skills they enjoy.

Encouraging younger children to be little sous chefs can be a fun and engaging way to bond and, begin their own knowledge and habits with healthy food and well-being.

Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.


[1] Good Food. A guide to cookery skills by age. 2020

[2] Momables, Laura. Teach Your Kids How To Cook By Age. 2020

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