1. First things first; keep your children away from any cheese graters, knives, sharp utensils and the hot stove or oven.
Teach them immediately to stay away from all of these items as it could really save them in the long run.
2. Since you are keeping them away from cheese graters, knives, sharp utensils and hot stove or oven, things you can give them and they can play with all they want are the wire whisk, plastic measuring cups, hot pads, plastic or even metal mixing bowls and wooden spoons.
To make the experience really fun for the child you could get them a child-sized apron to make them feel like they are really making a difference and helping in the cooking process.
3. The main thing you can allow the child to do is to pour any substances into bowls. This is actually the most fun part of the process for children anyway.
Whether the ingredients are eggs, sugar or flour, allow the child to pour them into the mixing bowls, just make sure to double check that the mixer is turned off before starting this process.
4. Use a cookbook that you can follow along with the child. Try to find a cookbook with as many pictures as possible, this will also help the child to learn to correlate pictures and words to steps and will help them in their reading in the long run.
Following instructions in a cookbook with pictures will also help your child learn to follow instructions.
5. If you can, switch everything from glass to plastic or metal. For example, instead of glass mixing bowls and measuring cups and baking dishes, try to switch to plastic or metal mixing bowls, measuring cups and baking dishes. This will take a lot of anxiety off your shoulders as any spills or falls will not result in breakage or injury.
6. Expect that things will get messy! And be okay with this! You can clean up in the very end so don’t even think about getting irritated along the way; just know things are going to get messy.
Kids have more fun when they make a mess anyway so you will help make the process that much more fun to the child helping you cook.
7. Make sure you praise the child as often as possible to make them don’t shy away from trying this again in the near future.