The kitchen is a great place for kids to practice being independent. It doesn't matter whether it's learning to make scrambled eggs or mastering eggs Benedict, getting kids cooking presents so many great opportunities for hands-on learning.
During our recent Independence Challenge, we received so many amazing entries of kids cooking, baking, and just being on their own in the kitchen. We've featured some of our favorites below. Just click on a photo, scroll through, and read some of the stories. There are some videos, too! These kids cooking definitely inspired the Let Grow staff, and we hope they inspire you, too.
By the way, you can see a full list of the winners from the Independence Challenge contest right here. You can also download our Independence Kit for free. It will surely get your kids cooking and taking on other challenges on their own. It's right here.
Since we haven't been able to find pasta in the store, we decided to make our own. My 8-year-old, Katie, has easily mastered the process on her own. -Aimee, Katie's mom
I learned how to make chocolate chip pancakes all by myself. I do everything: I light the stove, cook, and do all the clean up. And now I can make my family any kind of pancakes they want: blueberry, banana or chocolate chip. -Abigail
Cece learned to make her own waffles in the morning, and she is very proud. This is a video she asked me to record so she could show her cousin how she does it. -Michelle
Nicholas is making Sunday’s dinner. He's helping out in the kitchen with his little brother, Nehemiah. -Maya
Magnolia was pretty intimidated by the idea of making her own “sna-wish,” but she’s been brave about trying new things and new foods since we decided to take on the Independence Challenge. She even learned how to cut fruit with a sharp kitchen knife! Peter, Magnolia's dad
He's learning important life skill. At least I know he won’t starve when he moves out. -Ashlee, Logan's mom
Since the closure of schools and other public areas, I have started putting my time into cooking for my family. My parents have to work from home, so I am giving them the opportunity to continue about their normal workload by cooking dinner for them. -Rosalie
I have a new baby brother, and my mom is breastfeeding him. I want to make sure mom and baby get the best nutrition, so I make breakfast for my mom every day.
Cambrie did great making hot dogs for the whole family. Up until now the stove has been off limits, but how is she going to learn and grow? -Allison, Cambrie’s mom
My daughter loves to help with the cooking but has been terrified of doing anything on the stove and oven. This is the first time she touched the stove and cooked something from start to finish. It might only have been rice crispy treats, but she took charge of melting the butter and marshmallow on the stove without hesitation. -Nicole
Audrey baked this amazing triple layer mint chocolate chip cake and learned a lot during the process! Now, she looks forward to making her next creation—a strawberry chocolate cake. -Ashley
Luke makes his own lunch every day. His current favorite main dish is avocado quesadillas. -Heather, Luke's mom
Leona loves to help out cooking. She discovered a neat trick to avoid crying while cutting onions. -Tony, Leona's dad
Mikah is the coolest 10-year-old I know. He is even-tempered, easygoing, friendly, and lovable. We’ve been working on life skills. I walked him through how to make French Toast once, and he has been at it ever since. -Amanda
Kira has been helping more and more in the kitchen, and she’s excellent at chopping up veggies! -Laura, Kira’s mom
While staying home, he baked this bread for the very first time and it was amazing. -Shaista
My daughter has really stepped up during the closures. She has learned to make the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches. -Nicole, Raenell's mom
Because of COVID-19, our favorite sushi restaurant closed down. Dumplings are my favorite food and because my parents have been cooking a lot, I decided to make dumplings from scratch for my family. It took a long time to make the vegetable filling but it was delicious and worth it. -Sophie
Saige has been practicing independence by learning to make her own breakfast. Now she can make breakfast while mom does her morning meetings. -Saige's mom, Samantha