How Your Little Chef Can Help at Thanksgiving

How Your Little Chef Can Help at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: the national holiday that specifically celebrates mealtime! While we think cooking together is something to celebrate every week, Thanksgiving can be a particularly nice occasion to start the habit of cooking together, or to help little ones master a new skill.

Kids_Cook_Tips_05-04-04Cooking together means making more time to bond, which is a big part of celebrating what we’re thankful for. Teaching kids to cook on a special day makes their contribution stand out, particularly if they help make their favorite dishes. Kids who have tried cooking or are developing their kitchen skills can help one another in the kitchen, and older children can pass down the skills they’ve learned to younger kids. At mealtime, take a moment to thank all the sous chefs in your kitchen who helped bring the feast together. By showing that you value their contribution and thanking them for their work, you’ll encourage them to participate in cooking year-round.

Here are a few simple tasks that kids can take over in the kitchen, and recipes from Kids Cook Monday Ambassadors that will show off their contribution to the Thanksgiving feast!


Orange Cranberry Sauce from Andrea’s Recipes


Cinnamon Squash Pie from teeny tiny foodie


Mashed Potatoes from Sarah Koszyk

Looking for even more tasty dishes to add to your Thanksgiving table? Visit our database of healthy recipes that are sure to delight the whole family. For more tips on getting kids started with kitchen skills, visit our post on age appropriate kitchen skills. Enjoy creating some new cooking traditions together this holiday season as you make tasty foods everyone will enjoy, even at the kids table!

Enjoy cooking, eat well, and have a happy Thanksgiving!


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