As you prepare Thanksgiving dinner, make brunch for camped out family, serve snacks for watching the football game, or bake holiday cookies, no matter the age, the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews can—and should—help in the kitchen too! The benefits and memories to getting their hands in making a family meal like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah are extraordinary. Katie Workman, of the Mom100 blog and cookbook, shares a few holiday meal tips on how kids can help with the Thanksgiving meal. I love her age specific chores and I hope you and your family enjoy preparing your Thanksgiving feast together.
Age Specific Chores For How Kids Can Help With The Thanksgiving Meal
Age specific chores to get kids helping in the kitchen, learning and having fun!
Chores For Kids 3-5 To Be Able To Help In The Kitchen:
- Pour, dump, stir and sprinkle ingredients and spices you have gathered together.
- Whisk the eggs for breakfast.
- Wash the potatoes with a scrub bruch or scrub gloves for little fingers.
- Take out the pots, pans, measuring cups, and bowls you need.
Chores For Kids 5-7 To Be Able To Help In The Kitchen:
- Cut soft vegetables with kid-safe knives like ones from Zyliss or Curious Chef.
- Knead bread or roll the dough for pie crust
- Cut out cookies
Chores For Kids 7-9 To Be Able To Help In The Kitchen:
- Start working lessons on math and chemistry at this point. And if you don’t know the answer to some questions – get them on the computer looking it up! What does baking soda do to a recipe? What is the difference between unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate? Why does flour thicken the gravy?
But if the idea of getting them in the kitchen during the thick of it is too much – there is a lot more they can do to help and get involved.
Other Thanksgiving Chores Kids Can Do:
- Make a menu on an easel or make place settings
- Make a cornucopia for the table centerpiece
- Take guests coats
- Pass out canapes on a plastic tray
- Take drink orders (they love this!)
- Take photos – imagine the narrative your photos will tell when taken from their perspective! It will be the best holiday recap you’ve had
- And help with CLEAN UP!
Happy Holidays! I hope you and your family have a great time cooking together, working together and celebrating together! Thanks so much to Katie Workman, of the theMom100.com, for sharing her tips with us. You can follow her on Facebook too for some great recipes!