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"Cooking Up Fun: A Guide to Safely Involve Kids in the Kitchen"

Cooking is not just a necessary life skill; it can also be a delightful and educational activity for kids. Involving children in the kitchen not only helps them develop important life skills but also fosters a sense of responsibility and creativity. However, safety is paramount when it comes to bringing kids into the kitchen. In this blog, we will explore some tips and tricks to ensure a safe and enjoyable cooking experience for both you and your little ones.

Start with the Basics:

Before diving into complex recipes, start with simple and age-appropriate tasks. Washing vegetables, mixing ingredients, or setting the table are excellent beginner activities. As they become more comfortable, you can gradually introduce more complex tasks.

Establish Kitchen Rules:

Set clear and easy-to-follow rules for kitchen behaviour. Teach them the importance of handwashing before and after handling food, using utensils appropriately, and understanding the potential dangers in the kitchen.

Choose Safe Utensils:

Opt for child-friendly utensils and tools designed for small hands. Consider investing in safety knives with blunt edges or using kitchen shears for cutting tasks. This ensures that they can actively participate without risking injuries. (see our range of safety Knives and Peelers here)

Supervise Closely:

Always keep a close eye on your kids while they’re in the kitchen. Supervision is crucial, especially when they are handling heat, sharp objects, or electrical appliances. This not only ensures their safety but also allows for timely guidance and instruction.

Teach Fire Safety:

If your kids are old enough to handle the stove or oven, it’s essential to teach them about fire safety. Show them how to turn burners off, use oven mitts, and what to do in case of a small kitchen fire (e.g., using a fire extinguisher or smothering flames with a lid).

Encourage Healthy Choices:

Use this opportunity to educate your kids about nutrition and the importance of making healthy food choices. Involve them in meal planning, grocery shopping, and selecting fresh ingredients. This not only enhances their culinary skills but also promotes a healthy lifestyle.

We have a range of nutritious recipes in Recipe Mumma’s range of digital cookbooks, that have loads of meal and snack ideas, and great recipes for the kids to help with. You can chek them out here.

Create a Kid-Friendly Workspace:

Make a designated area in the kitchen where your kids can comfortably work. Adjust countertop heights, provide step stools, and organize ingredients and utensils within their reach. This ensures they can actively participate without struggling with the setup.

Turn Cooking into a Learning Experience:

Use cooking as an opportunity to teach various subjects such as math (measuring ingredients), science (chemical reactions during cooking), and even geography (learning about different cuisines). This transforms the kitchen into an educational playground.

Celebrate Their Achievements:

Acknowledge and celebrate your child’s contributions in the kitchen. Whether it’s a simple meal or a more elaborate dish, praise their efforts and highlight their accomplishments. This positive reinforcement encourages a love for cooking and boosts their confidence.


Cooking with kids can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the entire family. By incorporating safety measures, age-appropriate tasks, and a positive learning environment, you can instil a lifelong appreciation for cooking and create lasting memories in the heart of your home—the kitchen. So, put on your aprons, roll up your sleeves, and let the culinary adventures begin!

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