Kitchen Tasks for Kids Ages 6 to 8

So you’ve survived cooking with pre-schoolers. Congratulations! I have good news for you: the next stage is really, really fun.

From rolling meatballs to chopping apples, watching the Yorkshire pudding rise or turning fruit into sauce, the kitchen is now a science lab, the heart of the home, and the best restaurant in town.

Around age six and continuing through seven, children graduate from play cooking to serious cooking and they are eager to make a good impression. They can plan a simple menu and pull together an entire meal, if given the chance. Now, more than ever, it’s important to give them space to be creative. Guide them, give instructions, but don’t hover. And heap on the praise.

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Kitchen Tasks for Kids Ages 6 to 8

If ages six through eight feels like a big span, you’re right. Most children will learn to read along the way (some may come in already reading) and following a recipe becomes one more way to practice academics in the kitchen.

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to get rid of the learning tower or kitchen chair, because the kids can get by with a small step stool now. Oh and you might want to brush up on your basic kitchen science, because you’re going to get asked a lot of questions.

As always, remember that skills will vary greatly at this age, so take this list with a grain of salt. Don’t be alarmed if you child isn’t quite up to some of these tasks or isn’t that into cooking at all.

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Breakfast

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Lunch/Snacks

Looking for more? Here’s 42 simple summer lunch ideas kids can make.

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Dinner

Mateo has been eager to help with dinners lately, and recently he whipped up a recipe from my cookbook that we love, Spinach and Ricotta Tagliatelle. He was so proud. With spring spinach on the way, we might keep his dish on regular rotation.

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Baking

Start by reading these Simple Steps to Baking with Kids, because they are absolutely solid. Now is a good time to get a good handle on measurements.

Cinnamon rolls inevitably make the top of the baking list for children (and grown-ups, too), and understandably so. What is more fun than rolling pillowy dough, sprinkling it with sugar and baking the coils into everyone’s favourite brunch item? I’ve included a recipe below.

Oh, and did I forget to mention…you can now take an occasional night off if you play your cards right. First take a peek at one of my oldest, most popular posts: Ten Guilt-Free Non-Suppers. Next, instruct your child on how to prepare 2-3 (or all ten!) of these snacky-suppers for themselves and you’re all set.

Let’s get those big kids in the kitchen!

What kitchen tasks do your 6,7, and 8 year olds enjoy?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad you’re doing these lists. I remember reading something similar when my boys were younger, but it’s great to refresh and get new ideas as they get older. I think the hardest part is just allowing the TIME to work though their process in the midst of busy days.

    My almost 8 year old is really excited about being in charge of things in the kitchen. We have a great book “Cook School” by Amanda Grant and Susan Bell that has recipes divided by age. It’s fun for him to look through the book and pick something to cook for the family.

    I think I’ll print out this list for him with a few of the recipes attached to add to the options!

    • Sounds like a book I’ll have to check out, Alissa. The time thing is hard, yes, especially when it’s so much easier to do it yourself. It gets better!

  2. Thank you – your pics should be see by as many people as possible!

  3. I’m loving (and sharing) these practical lists! We’re smack in the middle of the preschool stage, so it’s exciting to hear it only gets better. I think I’d faint if my daughter made Spinach and Ricotta Tagliatelle for dinner …Maybe Mateo should start a YouTube channel with how to videos for other kids! 🙂

  4. My approaching 7 year old does many of these things. We haven’t tried cooking pancakes or cooking pasta yet, other than dumping it in the water and occasionally stirring. This might be our next step 🙂
    Great series!!!

  5. What a terrific list! When my kids were very young, I remember reading a book called “401 Ways to Get your Kids to Work at Home”. It’s basic premise is that we are not helping our children by doing everything for them and that it is our job to teach our kids to become self-reliant adults before they leave home. Teaching your children to be comfortable in the kitchen, as your fabulous post describes, is definitely empowering!

  6. Your post is so useful, Aimée! I always knew kids could start collaborating from early ages, haha 😉

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