How to Keep Kids Involved in the Kitchen
Though the new school year is in session, many parents are finding themselves juggling work, parenting, and now remote-learning supervision. We asked some of our favorite food creatives how they keep their little ones busy in the kitchen—here’s their advice:
Mackenzie Smith Kelley, photographer
When my two-year-old daughter was able to stand, we got her a tower (a step stool with a back so she doesn’t fall out of it) so she could see what I was up to on the kitchen counter, and “help.” Having her rip up chopped greens and move them from one bowl to another or “stir” whatever was in the bowl keeps her busy while I do what I need to do to get a meal on the table. Every weekend, we make breakfast tacos by topping a tortilla filled with eggs and cheese with any veggies we have in the fridge. Our favorite is crispy fried kale or collards and scallions. I chop one bunch of greens into small pieces and Maya will tear and stir (there is no need to stir, but she does this fervently) while the cast iron heats up.