Helping Mama & Papa in the kitchen
When I was about 5 or 6, I wanted desperately to fix myself food and snacks. So, I made myself some toast. I stood on a stool, I put in my two pieces of wonder bread in the slots, and I waited. When the bread shot up, I reached to grab my slices, but I lost my footing. My forearm landed squarely on the toaster. Ouuuuuch! It hurt so badly. And, more than my forearm suffering some minor burns, I was more bruised by the feeling of ineptitude in the kitchen.
There must be a way to help our little ones gain confidence in the kitchen, with our guidance and supervision. An urbanMama recently emailed:
My 18-month old daughter very much wants to be a part of helping Mommy and Papa cook. So far one of us has held her up to watch the other, but this doesn't always work, and it doesn't give her a chance to be involved. Bottom line is we have to find something that raises her up to where we're working. We can't use a chair because we've been working on the whole "we don't stand on chairs" idea (and it's not safe, of course). I am also not comfortable trying some kind of foot stool (too tippy). Anyone found something that's worked for you?
How have you gotten the children more involved in the kitchen? At what age?