Parents/guardians can decide for themselves what is suitable for the age of the child, but be adventurous; they can do more than you think!
Peeling – For younger kids stick a fork in the vegetable to hold it so they don’t peel their fingers.
Licking the bowl clean!
Separating egg yolks
Peel hard-boiled eggs
Cutting shapes in pastry/cookie dough etc.
Crumbing, i.e. mixing flour and butter to a crumb for pastry etc…
Supervised blending – let them press the buttons under supervision (never when the contents are hot)
Pesto, hummus, guacamole are all easy non cook ideas for kids
Preparing skewered food for barbecues
Mixing dry ingredients in a bowl
Painting egg wash on tarts, breads etc
Oiling cake/bread tins with a pastry brush
Grinding spices in a pestle and mortar
Chopping soft fruits with a plastic/side knife
Rolling out pizza dough
Mashing soft fruit with a fork
Bring your child to the market rather than the Supermarket to see all that’s on offer and meet the producers
Ask the stall owners what is in season on the day, most are happy to explain a bit about their produce
If children see that you have built up a relationship with the market sellers they are one step closer to real food