As a mom, it often feels like I spend all day every day in the kitchen. Between cooking for my crew, feeding them, and cleaning up the messes related to cooking and eating, it’s a full-time job!
Since Moms spend so much time in the kitchen, it’s the perfect place to spend quality time with children while also getting some much needed help!
One of the easiest ways to get kids in the kitchen is to cook a delicious dessert with them. Some of my favorite time with my kids is when we bake something yummy to share with family and friends.
Yes, allowing children to help cook often means a bigger mess, but invest in the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth, and clean up will be a breeze. Since these dish cloths are fully washable, reusable and sturdy, they are perfect for all the kitchen messes your children can help make.
This weekend my daughter, Peyton and I baked our favorite Lemon Pound Cake to share with extended family. Nearly every time we have a covered dish meal, this is the dessert our family requests. Moist, delicious, and the perfect amount of lemon flavor!The only problem is that the bundt cake pan is often a bear to clean up! That was especially true this weekend, my daughter learned how to correctly prepare a cake pan for the first time and that resulted in the pound cake sticking to the pan in several places. Whoops, it may not have been the best timing for teaching that skill. But, I think it’s important to let mistakes happen in the learning process. A pan can always be cleaned, and a cake can always be cut up before serving to hide the little imperfections!
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Starting from toddlerhood, teach children to help in the kitchen. Giving kids age appropriate tasks gives them a sense of purpose. If your children help with the fun cooking tasks, be sure to also share the cleaning tasks with them. It’s good for a child to learn that cooking and cleaning go hand in hand! Having young kids help in the kitchen often means a bigger mess, but with Scrubbing Dish Cloths clean up is a breeze. Plus children can help clean up the mess too.
Age Appropriate Tasks to get Kids Helping in the Kitchen
- use a dust mop – our dust mop came in 3 snap-together pieces, I left the middle piece out so my toddlers have a short mop of their own
- wipe down chairs
- put away plastic dishes in a low cabinet
- stir as Mom pours ingredients into a mixing bowl
- pour pre-measured ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir
- set the table
- sort and put away utensils
- dry dishes
- follow a simple recipe (including gathering, measuring and pouring ingredients, mixing, then pouring into pan) – put away the ingredients
- wash dishes
- put away clean dishes
- put away groceries
- wipe the table and counters
- plan and prepare a healthy no-cook snack – and clean up the mess.
- take the trash out
- clear the table
- everything from the above lists plus…
- plan and prepare a simple meal – and clean up the mess
- clean out the refrigerator
- organize the pantry and/or cabinets
Remember this is just a guideline, you know your children best. If children aren’t used to helping in the kitchen, start small with just a job or two, choosing something easy and fun first. Then work up; as kids become efficient at one task, teach another.
Here’s the recipe for our favorite Lemon Pound Cake. Grab your child and get cooking… and cleaning!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup shortening
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk
Add milk and mix on medium speed for at least two minutes or until well blended.
Time spent in the kitchen with children is time well spent. Don’t worry about imperfect work, enjoy each other and teach those tasks gently with lots of praise. One day, you’ll find that kitchen work no longer falls solely to Mom!
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