Thanksgiving Dinner Tasks Kids Can Handle

 Thanksgiving,For Moms,Holidays
October 17, 2011

When Thanksgiving Day rolls around, don't park your kids in front of the TV—get them in the kitchen instead.

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Let kids become part of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions by getting them in the kitchen to help with dinner prep. Pint-sizers four and up can pitch in with any number of doable tasks.

Ages 4-6

  • Wash Fruits and Vegetables for salads and side dishes, peel cooled boiled eggs, flatten dough and count the cranberries.
  • Measure and sift dry ingredients for cakes, cookies, pie crusts, rolls and breads, turn on the mixer, set the timer.


Ages 6-10

  • Mash potatoes, snap green beans, and measure and whisk ingredients in a bowl for pumpkin pies and juice and zest fresh citrus.
  • Set the table, make place cards for guests and cut fresh herbs and salad ingredients with kid-safe kitchen shears like these from Curious Chef.


Ages 10-12

  • Press pie crusts into pans, mix simple desserts like brownies, frost cakes and melt butter in the microwave.
  • Using (clean!) hands: Toss simple salads, shell pecans, peel and segment oranges, help crumble bread or cornbread for stuffing and punch bread dough.


Ages 12-14

  • Help stuff the turkey, mix and measure salad dressings, cut potatoes for boiling, carrots for steaming, onions for sautéing, and rutabagas for roasting—perhaps with a little guidance and preferably with a kid-safe chef’s knife like this one from Chroma.
  • Make a sheet cake or pie, cook rice, peel and chop white and sweet potatoes, measure and add spices to gravies and sauces, and help plate and garnish food in serving dishes.

—By Stacey Norwood, Relish Multimedia Editor

 

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