It can be easier to shoo kids away from the kitchen during the hectic Thanksgiving cooking process. However, besides being fun, getting young chefs involved in the cooking and baking of Thanksgiving meals can also take some of the work off of your plate.
So Why Do It?
Participating in a special family meal can build their confidence and inspire them to be more self-sufficient. There are a variety of Thanksgiving recipes that kids can make.
Understanding that things can get a bit hectic during prep on Thanksgiving, make sure to set some time aside to prepare something together a day before the big day. They can learn a lot by getting involved in the cooking process.
One of the most bonding moments of the year is when the kids participate in the Thanksgiving feast. It’s a great way to spend time with their parents and share a special meal. The kitchen is a great place to grow and learn as a family.
Find some recipes to make a day or two ahead of time so that you can enjoy the Thanksgiving feast with your family. Here are some easy things little ones can help with before Thanksgiving.
Some Kid-Friendly Jobs
- Washing vegetables like potatoes and carrots
- Making a dip with sour cream and a soup packet. Use a big bowl to keep the dip inside, not on the floor, then let them stir to their hearts’ content.
- Rolling out dough for pies and cookies.
- Baking cookies and being the official taster.
On the Big day, let your child fill all the water glasses and place them on the table. Then they can fill the pitcher, so it’s ready to go with dinner.
Mixing the ingredients for the stuffing is another excellent way they can help while you get the bird ready.
The Long Weekend
Even the next day, children can help. All those leftovers need a lunch plan. Invite your child to help prepare a simple lunch, such as a grilled turkey sandwich with leftover cranberry sauce.
What’s most important is the memories you’ll make in the kitchen on the holidays. Those will last a lifetime.