Prepare food purchased in the grocery store, wash food and wash hands!
Set up a preparation station in the kitchen safe for your child to help prepare food (Make sure the burners are turned off and sharp objects are out of reach!).
Offer jobs child can do with hand-over-hand prompting, examples include scooping, dumping, mixing, measuring, counting and chopping with an age appropriate utensil.
TIP: offer frequent verbal praise for participating in mealtime preparation.
TIP: when presenting the final meal, praise your child for helping and try to let them present the food they prepared.
TIP: name foods after your child they helped cook, i.e. “Mia’s salad” or “Bobby’s pie,” or “Lisa’s extravaganza surprise (aka soup)”