Your little one can help spread icing on cakes and buns or sauce on savoury dishes. They could create a simple sandwich once they have mastered spreading butter on bread. This exercise equips them to be more independent and confident.
My little ones favourite bit of any recipe! Let your child sprinkle raisins into doughs, flour onto your surface before you roll out dough, cheese onto pizza and lasagne or add cake decorations onto your finished cookies, buns or cakes. This teaches many skills including maths and fine motor skills,
If you are cooking meat such as chops or chicken let your little one use a meat tenderiser to bash it out for you. Cover it with cling film first and make sure they wash their hands well when they have finished. If you are creating a biscuit base, add the biscuits to a food bag, seal it and let them bash with a rolling pin. This teaches them about hygiene.
Keep sharp knives out of reach but soft fruit like strawberries can be chopped using a blunt knife. Plastic cookie cutters can be used on most doughs to create fun shapes. This helps develop fine motor skills.
Get a small rolling pin for your little one and let them roll out pastry or use it to bash biscuits! Once rolled they can shape the dough and create goodies for everyone.
Follow basic kitchen safety and keep hot liquids and ingredients away from your little one. Remember mess can be cleaned up and the most important thing is to have fun!