Arthurlie Family Centre

Preparing vegetables and washing dishes


“I’m chopping the carrots for snack.”

“I like carrots the rabbits eat them.”

“It is hard to cut.”

“Can I have a cloth? I need to get the dirt off.”

Involving the Children

Involving children in meal routines, food choice and food preparation can be one way to help build their resilience.

If children are ‘resilient’ this means they will be more confident in making decisions, taking responsibility for their actions and can deal safely with risky situations.

The acts of choosing, growing, preparing and/or eating food allow children to explore these skills and build confidence for a happy, healthy life.

  • Here are some ways you can involve your children in food routines and activities at home:
  • Children can help with:
  • washing fruit and vegetables
  • chopping, grating, peeling, stirring
  • setting the table, serving, cleaning up afterwards
  • Children can be included in preparing for meals by:
  • Helping to plan and prepare food to share for outings and special occasions

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