It is almost never too early to start teaching kids to cook. They love to help. They love to know that they contribute to the productive life of their home. All it takes is a little patience and planning your little helper buddy can be well on his way to learning skills and making yummy treats.
I was working full time when my boys were small. Our early recipes reflect the need to keep little hands busy using fast prep foods. Not exactly the healthiest dish in the drawer, but great for a some times treat.
1 roll refrigerator biscuits.
1 - 2 Tbs melted butter in a low bowl.
about 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon in a small bowl
a handful of pecans.
Open the rolls. Line up the rolls, butter, sugar and pecans on the counter within easy reach of your helper. Set the baking tray near at hand. Have your helper take a roll, dunk it in the butter and then put it sugar side up on the baking tray. Add a pecan to the center.
Bake as per the instructions on the package and serve warm.
This is a great first recipe because a little lick here and there won't translate through the baking process. It is also a good chance to reinforce the hand washing, cleanliness and clean-up processes as well.
And remember, helper buddies always get helper hugs!