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    Recipe Introduction

    Match your kids' skill levels with various tasks for safe kitchen fun. Here are some suggestions for age-specific tasks:

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    3-Year Olds

    Wash fruits and vegetables
    Stir ingredients in a bowl
    Tear lettuce
    Pour liquids
    4-Year Olds

    Grease pans
    Open packages
    Peel oranges or hard-cooked eggs
    Snip fresh herbs with dull scissors
    Mash bananas with a fork
    5-to 6-Year Olds

    Measure ingredients
    Cut soft foods with a blunt knife
    Set the table
    Garnish food
    7- to 8-Year Olds

    Help plan the meal
    Roll and shape cookies
    Beat ingredients with a whisk
    Find ingredients in a cabinet or spice rack
    Make a salad
    9- to 12-Year Olds

    Open cans
    Use a microwave oven
    Prepare simple recipes with few ingredients
    Use an oven (with supervision)
    Use a knife (with supervision)
    Shred cheese and vegetables
    13- to 16-Year Olds

    Prepare recipes with multiple ingredients
    Prepare recipes independently




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