This safety page includes, kitchen safety rules, food sanitation and
printable checklists to keep in your kitchen while teaching your
kids to cook.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Child Kitchen Safety Rules
No sharp knives for small children. Keep them out of reach
and out of sight.
Teach children that the stove is hot! Even when turned off,
it should not be touched or played around.
Make sure all handles on pots and pans are turned inward.
Cook hot soup or hot food on a back burner if possible.
Teach children about proper sanitation of foods. Use clean
hands. When done cooking, wash hands again. Clean counter tops
and dishes well after cooking, to prevent contamination of
foods. Always clean items that were in contact with raw meats
and eggs immediately after using.
No licking mixing spoon or fingers -sample when it is done
Always turn off the stove top and oven when done.
Keep appliances away from water.
Dont put cooked food on a plate or surface that had raw
foods on it.
Put ingredients back after using. (Makes clean up easier
Always use supervision.
Give a kitchen tour of what is safe and not safe. Tell them
what is not to be touched and any other advice for your
Read through any recipe you are using. Double check you have
all ingredients available.
When your child is old enough to use the oven, make sure
they review the oven
safety rules as well.
Patience. There will be
spills and the finished product might look unappealing but relax and
realize the learning that is happening with your child. Making a
mess or spilling is going to happen and if we lose patience, they
will be fearful of not doing it "right."
Praise. Help their self
esteem by praising a job well done!
Kitchen Safety and Food Sanitation
Now that we've had an overview of kitchen safety don't forget about
food sanitation. Here are some tips to teach your kids:
Store foods either hot or cold. The bacteria that causes
food poisoning grows quickest when it is warm.
Don't handle food when you are sick.
Wear an apron and wash it often, as well as any dishtowels
used while cooking.
Keep your hair and yourself clean (nobody wants a dirty cook
in the kitchen!)
When washing your hands always use soap and warm water.
Scrub your hands for at least one full minute.
Keep raw food away from cooked food. Never reuse a plate or
dish that was holding raw food. Clean the dish thoroughly.
Wipe up spills while you are cooking. It makes clean up
easier when you clean as you go.
Cover up any cuts or open sores you may have with a bandage.
Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness.
Clean and wash thoroughly, dishes and utensils that were
used during cooking.
Salmonella bacteria can be prevented by cooking food
thoroughly (always check with a meat thermometer!) and store
leftovers quickly in the fridge.
Download our Food Sanitation Chartand hang it in the kitchen for a quick reminder. (you will need
Adobe Reader to open.)
Food Sanitation and Food Safety Video
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format. ***Also available in paperback.
Kitchen Safety Rules Checklist
Here are some things to keep in mind when you cook with your kids:
supervise young children and older children who are still
inexperienced in the kitchen.
leave knives, breakable items and other potential dangers within
reach of young children. They can use a butter knife to cut soft
operate the oven or stove yourself; don't let young children do it.
Keep toddlers and preschoolers a safe distance away when you open
a fire extinguisher on hand. Teach your kids how to stop, drop and
roll in case they catch fire (they should know this anyway, whether
they cook or not).
safety tools, such as kitchen gloves, and an apron, to protect skin
and clothing. Also, wear short sleeves or roll long sleeves up
Learn and teach kitchen food sanitation rules.
Kitchen Safety Lesson Plans
See these pages on ideas to add kitchen safety within our cooking