- Toddlers: allow them to wash the food and mix ingredients.
- School-aged children: teach them how to follow a recipe and measure ingredients while learning math skills.
- Teenagers: Have your teen be responsible for making a dish of their choice.
Encourage your child to taste their creation. They don't need to love it or finish it, but any bit of positive reinforcement will make them a happier cook and gourmand.
Here is a link to a Rachael Ray show of little chefs. Your child could be one of them :)