There is very little that my kids enjoy doing more than helping us with "big" things. Cleaning the house, folding the laundry, feeding the cat, taking out the trash, yard work, and cooking. And all because they think it means they are "big".
So we obviously let them - encourage them - help us. Measuring and mixing, cracking and pouring - they get to do it all and make a mess along the way.
It's gotten them interested in tasting more things because they actually made it.
And it's gotten us moments of fun and laughter in this live story of happily ever after.
And I'll take that over a clean kitchen any day of the week.