I enjoy getting the whole family busy in the kitchen.  Conversation flows like water and I am able to see my kids from so many angles.

Determined, silly, competitive, enthusiastic, learning.

More than that, when we all pitch in, is on the table with the ease that only teamwork can bring.


Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander.

Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander. Click To Tweet

With a tribe of kids from ages 4 to 15, we cover a wide range of activities available.

Ages 3-4 (My triplets are 4 and they love helping out in the kitchen.)

  • Help measure ingredients for salad dressing, meat rubs or marinades.
  • Help remove stems from fresh herbs.
  • Rinse dry beans before prep
  • Wash before prep
  • Tear salad for salad prep
  • Throwing away wrappers or dumping bowl full of scraps
  • Add silverware to table

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Ages 5-10 (My 7-year-old loves helping me measure out ingredients and makes a mean garlic bread)

  • Read easy and help prepare marinades or salad dressing
  • Learn to do a rough chop on vegetables for soups or kebabs.
  • Shred cheese for various dishes
  • Add plates to the table

Ages 10 and up (My 10 & 12-year-old love baking and have claimed “their” signature dish)

  • Help prepare pasta or rice
  • Make guacamole
  • Prep vegetables for stir fry
  • Bring family style dishes to the table

How do you get your kids involved in everyday cooking duties? There are many benefits that come with empowering kids in the kitchen.  The biggest benefit our family has experienced is the desire to eat at home instead of eating out. Cooking with your children will reap many rewards. For more research on these benefits click here

33 comments on “Dinner Prep-A Task For The Whole Family”

  1. I love the way yo have got your “TEAM” creating culinary delights and having fun as a family. its also a great way to have family time. I think Its time I started this again. Used to do this when they were younger. Now everyone does their bit when they are ready..hmmm get the fun back into the kitchen. Thanks 🙂

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