Bringing the whole family into cooking! Younger kids might not be able to help that much, but you’d be surprised at how much help an extra set of responsible hands can be!
Have Your Older Kids Prepping Ingredients and Cutting Vegetables
If they’re old enough, don’t be afraid to let you kids prep ingredients or cut vegetables! They are great skills to learn about, and you can pay more attention to cooking than to the prep work. Plus, the experience making their own food will be invaluable later on when those teens move out and have to start cooking for themselves.
Let Younger Kids Measure Ingredients for you
Not old enough to work on something independently? Have them measure out ingredients for you or root through the pantry for ones you haven’t brought out yet! That way they can still be helpful, and you get to always keep a close watch on them. To make it even more fun, talk to them about what you’re doing and why each ingredient is important, and you might have a future chef in the making!
Assign Someone to Dish Duty
When you’re cooking a holiday meal, there is always an overwhelming number of dirty dishes at the end. Try assigning someone to dish duty at the beginning and wash each dish immediately when you’re done with it. It’s a great way to give your younger kids to work without letting them use knives or heated elements. If they feel left out, you can also have them watch you while you’re working and learn from observing. Just be sure to thank them for the help!
Bake Something Everyone Can Decorate!
No matter their age, everyone can get involved in icing and decorating baked goods, so long as there’s enough for everyone! Whether it’s gingerbread houses, sugar cookies, or cupcakes, anyone can help decorate with icing, sprinkles, and toppings. If you want to make it even more fun, have a contest to see who makes the most interesting design! No matter your children’s age, decorating and then eating their dessert is a great way to feel involved in the holiday cooking!