Involve Your Child in Preparing Food
Children are more interested in food when you involve them in preparing it.
Create a kitchen that is accessible to your child
- Provide child-sized utensils - cups, bowls, knives, forks, spoons, jugs etc.
- Place these in a cupboard that is low enough for your child to access for himself with doors that he can easily open.
- Provide a sturdy but light stool that your child can put in places that will give him access to the work surfaces.
Show your child how to prepare food
- Your child can contribute to preparing meals by doing simple tasks like scrubbing a potato, cleaning a carrot or cutting a banana using child-sized utensils.
- Demonstrate how to do this by slowing down your movements and breaking more complex movements into simple steps so your child can see what to do.
- When he has finished show him, in the same way, how to wash up the things he has used and put them back in their special place in his cupboard.
- Your child will not work at the same pace as you but this does not matter. He is doing it to be involved and you will probably have to scrub 6 potatoes to his 1 if you want to eat at a reasonable time!