How Kids can help in Kitchen

With school being out, our kids have more free time. Why not give them something constructive to do, while also lending a helping hand. Today we will discuss, how young children can help in the kitchen. Some of these activities will vary depending on age and parent comfort level. Listed below are some simple ways to get the kids more involved:


  • Wash fruits & vegetables
  • Tear greens into pieces
  • Measure Ingredients (also helps building math skills)
  • Mix Ingredients
  • Read through the recipe while you follow directions
  • Forms patties

Older Children or Children with Supervision:

1. Peel fruits & vegetables (with a vegetable peel to reduce exposure to sharp objects)
2. Cut up food (if age appropriate)
3. Grate cheese
4. Use a can opener and drain liquid if necessary (appropriate for children who can safely open a can and avoid sharp edges)

Try this Cowboy Slider recipe from Texas A&M Extension, it’ll give the kids plenty to help with!


Servings: 9



  1. Wash your hands and clean your preparation area. Heat your grill to grill over medium-high heat.

Adults or older children:

  1. Chop red onion and garlic cloves. Measure ingredients.

Children with helpers:

  1. Add ground beef, barbecue sauce, red onion, garlic cloves, chili powder, and chile peppers in adobo sauce to a bowl. Mix ingredients.
  2. Form hamburger mixture in to slider sized patties – about 2 inches in diameter.


  1. Grill the hamburger patties over medium high heat for about 8 minutes on each side or until slider patties reach 165*F.

Children with helpers:

  1. Build cowboy sliders on multi grain hamburger buns with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles.

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