Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Chores for small children in the kitchen

For my kitchen tip this week, I'm sharing some of the ways we include our children in the kitchen!

Since my oldest child is nearly six, these are ideas for that age or younger. Moms of older children, feel free to share how you include your older (but still learning!) children with cooking and in the kitchen! :)

Ruth (2) loves taking labels off cans!
Ruth (2) is the current label-remover :)

Fun tasks for little fingers:


Eliyahu (4) plays with bread dough

Jobs my little ones love:

  • Working with dough of any sort!



  • Clearing the table



  • Getting things from the fridge, or returning things to it






Using the salad spinner...
FYI, spinning grapes isn't worth the bother... but it was fun! :)

How to not go CRAZY with little "helpers" in the kitchen:



Yehoshua and Eliyahu doing dishes!
What my oldest helpers looked like 4 years ago!

A note on safety: Some of my suggestions require complete supervision by a parent or responsible older sibling. All of the things listed have been incorporated with complete safety in my kitchen. Just use some common sense! :)

And remember... the goal is for our children to have FUN while gaining valuable life skills with our guidance! :)

Ruth and the other helpers...
Licking off the measuring spoons or beaters is fun when sugar or honey is involved! ;)

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

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1. A clean sink (Rachel)
2. Condensed tomato soup substitute (Alea)
3. Non-stick cakes (Rena)
4. Sharing large kitchen appliances (Katie)
5. Sandwich-making tips
6. From-scratch taco seasoning
7. Helping with the dishes (Kristin)
8. Cooking wild rice in the crock pot (Sara)
9. Easy variety muffins (Susan)
10. Quicker celery-cutting (Becky)
11. Cooking and freezing dried beans (Linda)
12. Cutting back on food waste (Kolfinna)
13. Vinegar tips (Cheryl B.)
14. From-scratch vegetable broth (Joelle)


Here's my tip. I like a clean sink.


What a fun post. My youngest (3 yo) loves helping in the kitchen! As soon as he hears me pulling bowls out, he grabs the step stool to help out. To be honest, I really enjoy his company, so any extra time it takes to involve him is well worth it to me!

My kitchen tip is for making a condensed tomato soup substitute:

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers

Start a big kitchen appliance co-op for things like a dehydrator, canning equipment, rototiller, etc:

I love this post. Thank you for all of the ideas!

My tip is about making a good sandwich:

Here is a great recipe for taco seasoning:

I love your tip for including kids in the kitchen. My niece often comes over while I'm baking and I'd love to include her.

My kitchen Tip is helping with the dishes.
They are always needing done! ;o)

Thanks Tammy

Cook wild rice in the crock pot

I look forward to seeing all of the tips this week!

These first ones are great already!


My older boys (12 & 14) always put away the dishes. It really helps out and they feel satisfaction pitching in and helping. My oldest boy says he feels good doing that since my husband and I cook such great food he enjoys!

One job that I am always glad to find a kid to help with is deboning chicken. Telling them that we will be eating whatever they put in the good chicken pile helps make sure they do a good job. They don't like bones on their plates, either.

Unfortunately, my kids don't like this job anymore than I do. They tend to hide when I call for chicken picker helpers. lol

My tip is for Cooking and Freezing Dried Beans.


I've been working very hard at cutting back on food waste. I'm getting pretty good at it too! Today I posted a couple of my food waste tips.....

Thanks for posting this! My little ones LOVE to help in the kitchen -- they come running whenever they think there is something fun going on. But Mommy is not always eager for their "help"! I have to remind myself to just take the extra time and encourage them and put my time line on hold for a while.

I have always included my boys in lots of kitchen tasks...My third son always wanted to stir, so I've lots of pics of him on a stool at the stove from the time he could stand.
My current tip is a new recipe I tried over the weekend - Pancake LAsagna: here's the link:

Having worked for caterers, been head cooks at a youth camp, and having done 'catering' for friends on our own, our boys grew up knowing a whole lot about working in a kitchen!!! Sometimes it's interesting to watch them create things, and other times you just want them to get done and get out of your way o;-p

I meant to link up last week too, but you were on break. that one was - "plain ole vinegar to the rescue"

This weeks is "warm weather dessert # 1"

Thanks for these good ideas. I will have to file them away for when I have kids. :)

Here is my tip. It is about how to make vegetable broth from scratch at home!

That's lovely, Tammy. I have little patience when I get home from work and only want the kids to go play so I can cook/ do laundry/ whatever. But I've read some of these posts, taken a deep breath, and tried to include my girls in what I'm doing. They just love it. Please post more on child- rearing tips; this is a hard world to raise good kids in. Special request: how you train your little ones.


Thank you, Beth! :)

About training -- I guess I consider all of the different activities in this post to be "training" and "teaching" -- hands-on! :)

But maybe you mean training, as in teaching children to obey, be polite, etc.

I don't have wordy advice; simply be consistent with them, live out everything you want to teach them, love them, and read the Bible! :)

Hi Tammy,

Being lazy about signing in again, I'm sorry..... You wrote a while ago about training Ruth to sit and she would immediately pop down on her bottom. I found it so interesting and wondered if it was a psychologist you followed or something from your church. Either way, I admire the way you raise your children to be G-ddearing, respectful, happy children who aren't parked in front of a TV all day. It is especially interesting to me because I teach in an inner city area and work hard to train/teach my 28 charges, but find it harder to create that at home. You are wise for such a young mother. :)


Oh, I see what you're talking about now. Yes, our kids have been trained to obey right away (of course they aren't perfect at this though!) -- like for a little one (like Ruth) it's "sit" or "don't touch" or "go get ____" and for the older ones, other requests. I think they obey because they know we expect them to... there is no "if you wanna...." :) Mostly that takes follow-up on our part every single time (whether one does a "time out", a spanking, or some other form of discipline) whenever there is disobedience. :)

Okay, so it's just your own philosophy; I understand now. I like that. People are appalled when I say train because it's for animals in their minds, but I don't think it's a bad word. You have to train young kids- when we moved to our current home, I had to train Caia (then three) how to come down the stairs because we'd never lived in a house before. Both Caia and Arianna know the rule "one time and one time only" but it takes a long time to reinforce (Caia is much better at it now that she is six). I thought perhaps you set aside some time each day to train them to obey commands, which is NOT a bad thing. :) I don't love the public school influence, but there's just no choice right now. I like reading about how you raise your kids- this is a fairly appalling world to raise kids in. To think I stumbled on your website looking for a challah french toast recipe (which was tasty, by the way)! Will start signing in, I promise.


Hopefully this won't double- tried replying and it didn't seem to take. A while ago, you wrote about training Ruth to sit, and she would drop down immediately. I thought it was a special program from your church or something, and I found it interesting, because people nowadays seem hesitant to have their children obey or respect commands. It frustrates me in my classroom (fond as I am of my students) and it frustrates me at home because my older child is now in school, and I don't always like the influence I see. You are young to be so wise! :)

So cute Tammy!
Good job, great pics, and great ideas-especially about safety! ;-)

-Sometime around 7 or 8, they can usually grate cheeses, citrus zests, etc.
-They can begin to put up the pots and pans in lower cabinets.
-At the ages of your boys, they can help unload and stock groceries in the panty- a great skill for learning neatness and orderliness!
-Shape their own homemade yeast-dough pretzels.
-Roll out and season crackers for baking.
-I tried to teach all mine how to fry an egg by the time they were 7 as well as make a grilled cheese.
-There are about half a dozen recipes that I have for non-cooked snacks that I tried to teach them to make by themselves- for those busy days when I don't have enough time or hands! ;-)

My kids (age 2 and 4) love to help in the kitchen. They love to help with stirring, mixing, getting out ingredients, etc. They love to help prepare their food - from "dressing" hamburgers, creating their own fajitas, and making their own sandwiches. My 4 year old makes what I think is the worst sandwiches (mayo, peanut butter, ham, pickles, tomates, etc), but he eats evey bite!

My oldest (nine year old) has been helping since she could stand on a chair next to me. Now, she can follow simple recipes by herself that don't involve heat (marinades, salad dressings, dips, etc) with pretty much no supervision. We learned fractions in the kitchen this way after trying unsuccessfully on paper and with workbooks. My biggest advice to having kids help, though, is lowering our expectations as mothers. Boy have I had to learn this the hard way! I like what you said about having FUN! We can easily frustrate them and make them not want to help if our expectations are too high. We've had to eat a few "less than perfect" dips or dressings my daughter has made (like the time the lid was off the garlic salt and her "couple of shakes" ended up being what was left in the spice jar!), but we laugh and eat it anyway, telling her next time will be even better!

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