Healthy Children - October 2016

Kitchen Activities

Get your preschooler to try new foods by having them help you in the kitchen. Kids feel good about doing something “grown-up.” Give them small jobs to do. Praise their efforts. Children are less likely to reject foods that they help to make. As preschoolers grow, they are able to help out with different tasks in the kitchen. While the following suggestions are typical, children may develop these skills at different ages.


Age 2: Wipes tables, hand items to adult to put away (such as after grocery shopping), place thins in trash, tear lettuce or greens, help “read” a cookbook by turning the pages, make “faces” out of pieces of fruits and vegetables, rinse vegetables or fruits, snap green beans.
Age 3: All that a two year old can do plus…. Add ingredients, talk about cooking, scoop or mash potatoes, squeeze citrus fruits, stir pancake batter, knead and shape dough, name and count foods, help assemble a pizza.
Age 4: All that a three year old can do plus… Peel eggs and some fruits such as oranges and bananas, set the table, crack eggs, help measure dry ingredients, help make sandwiches and tossed salads
Age 5: All that a four year old can do plus… Measure liquids, cut soft fruits with a dull knife, use an egg beater.


What is an entrée?

For purposes of Smart Snacks, an entrée is defined as the main course of a meal that has a combination of:

  • Meat/meat alternative + whole grain-rich food
  • Vegetable + meat/meat alternative
  • Fruit + meat/meat alternative
  • Meat/meat alternative alone, except for meat snacks (e.g., beef jerky), yogurt cheese, nuts, seeds, and Nuts or seed butters
  • A grain only, whole grain-rich entrée that is served as the main dish of the School Breakfast Program reimbursable meal.