Basic Cooking Skills for pre-school children

Being able to cook is a great skill to have. And whilst it can sometimes feel like a chore to adults, it’s an exciting and fun activity for children. So, put on an apron, take a look at our list of basic cooking skills and have some fun!

The basics

1. Buttering a slice of bread.

2. Cracking eggs by tapping the centre of the egg over the rim of a small bowl, and then using thumbs to pull the two halves apart.

3. Decorating fairy cakes or biscuits – spreading on the icing or butter icing and then adding the sprinkles, toppings.

4. Kneading and rolling out dough using a rolling pin.

5. Cutting shapes out using cookie cutters.

6. Using a sieve – by holding the sieve over a larger bowl and gently shaking.

7. Cutting soft fruit or vegetables, such as a banana, with a non-sharp knife.

8. Grating cheese – especially good if you’ve got a rotary grater.

9. Crushing biscuits for bases in a plastic bag with a rolling-pin.

10. Rubbing in butter and flour for crumble.

11. Crushing garlic in a garlic press.

12. Greasing cake tins.

13. Mashing fresh fruit with the back of a fork.

14. Mashing potato with a potato masher.

15. Peeling vegetables with a vegetable peeler.