Sometimes helping in the kitchen simply means setting the table or setting up condiments. Judge the age and ability of your child but do not leave her out of the meal time prep just because she is not old enough to cook with you. Audrey's younger sister sits with us during kitchen time and plays with spoons or plastic containers. When she is old enough to walk she will be asked to take silverware to the table. Take advantage of the years in which she does want to help, there will be plenty in which she does not.