With holidays coming up there will be a bunch of action in the kitchen. So how do you allow preschoolers to safely be part of busy cooking time? Here’s just a few, simple habits we use often.

Bring on the bubbles. Spread a towel, get a sturdy stool and let your child play in the sink with the soapy, soaking pots and pans. You’ll be amazed at the smiles. Add a large serving spoon and you have a recipe for splashing. The suds will also give you a reason to mop the floor afterwards 🙂

Just be sure you know ahead of time that a change of outfit may be in order. Or plan ahead and put one of those plastic smocks on your little one. Tell yourself it’s ok. You are making a mess cooking. Allow your child to be messy too. Do not attempt to incorporate this when you are rushed for time.

Stir. When you plop that hunk of butter into the mashed potatoes, call your handy action stirrer!

Set the table. Young children can help set the table and clear it. One can be in charge of the drinks. Here’s a special way children can decorate their own Thanksgiving kids’ table. Click here for printable placemats and a centerpiece to color.

More preschool resources:

Ideas from Song of my Heart on Fun in the Kitchen with your preschooler

Little sanctuary’s list of weekday ideas, Homeschooling with preschoolers

Room time – What about the little ones?

A list from an older sibling on my personal site, What preschoolers like

Have fun with your little helper!