Cooking fun for the whole family

Children don’t belong in the kitchen for safety reasons – or do they?
Whoever lives with this attitude is missing out on a lot of fun and is taking an opportunity away from their children to gather important experience.

Cooking with children is a joy not only for children but for adults as well. Children are old enough to help with cooking from the age of three, of course under supervision and with a lot of help. Kids can help you with the following things:

Three to six years of age
Small children should only help with small things in the kitchen: the hot stovetop, sharp knife or complicated work are off limits. But small children can stir a dip, knead the dough a bit or brush sauce onto a pizza by themselves while adults stand by with advice and help.
Be aware that children at this age are in a phase where they won’t understand explanations only. Show them what you mean by, for example, burning something on purpose.

Six to eight years of age
Depending on how mature your child is you can start to give them more difficult tasks. Even children can use a sharp knife or the stove under supervision. Divide the tasks together with your child and let them help make decisions when cooking or choosing meals. Never leave your child alone in the kitchen for any reason. Your child can also do some extra learning for school as well; simply let them write out the shopping list or a recipe.

Eight to twelve years old
From the age of eight, it is assumed that children are able to cook simple dishes like pasta under the supervision of their parents, provided of course that they have already gained experience in cooking. Watch and see how your children can give free rein to their creativity, give them useful tips and explanations, and provide help if needed.

Twelve years old and up
Now things really start getting complicated – when it comes to the order of courses. Together with the whole family, children aged twelve and up can easily cook a full three-course meal. And of course the little chefs also have a say in what’s on the menu. Task allocation is also the order of the day: one of you does the shopping, the other cuts the ingredients and the third fries the meat. That way, your children feel they are able to work independently. You can even let them potter about in the kitchen all by themselves for a while, if you think they’re up to it already. However, don’t leave the house or flat.