1Get on their level
Kitchen counters are too high for younger children. Set your youngsters up with their own work area where they can reach ingredients easily.

2Review the recipe.
Experienced cooks go over the recipe from start to finish and make sure they have every thing they need before they start cooking. Take time to review the recipe with your children and ask them to go to the pantry and fridge and retrieve all the necessary ingredients.

3Tell your kids they are awesome.
Kids love praise for a job well done (or even done just OK). Let loose with the compliments—they reinforce good behaviors like following recipe instructions carefully.

4Don’t sweat the mess.
Teach your kids there’s no use crying over a spilled smoothie. No one learns without making mistakes.

5Give your kids their own cookware.
Buy plastic measuring cups, spoons and mixing bowls just for your kids. Ownership will help them stay engaged in cooking. Plastic is safer than glass, and measuring ingredients is a great way to work on math skills.

Use two bowls to crack eggs when cooking with kids. Let them crack a single egg into the first bowl, remove the inevitable shells, and then transfer that egg to the second bowl.

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