Involving your child in food preparation and other kitchen tasks is a great way to develop their fine motor skills, including grasp, bilateral coordination and tool use.  Additionally working with food is highly motivating for many children.  Check out a recent post at Let’s Explore where she outlines a number of simple of kitchen activities (pouring, stirring, cutting, scooping, etc.) geared to preschoolers, although all could certainly be done by older children as well.

Other suggested kitchen activities include:

  • Using a potato peeler, often it is easier to start with carrots. A good peeler makes a huge difference.  My favorite is made by Good Grips.
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    Spreading with a knife.  Start with spreading on crackers or toast rather than soft bread.
  • Cutting with a knife and fork.  Cutting pancakes is a good place to start.
  • Using scissors to snip fresh herbs.
  • Using a rolling pin to roll out cookie dough.
  • Kneading bread dough.
  • For older children, cracking an egg.
  • Using a manual egg beater (can also be used to whip up soap bubbles).
  • Folding napkins.
  • Removing strawberry leaves with a strawberry huller.