Want your kids to help out in the kitchen, but not sure what’s realistic for them to take on? Click on this chart, print it and bust out the kid-sized apron, it’s time to get cookin’!

A few things to keep in mind:

These are guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules.

You know best what your kids can handle; adjust the tasks you give them to do accordingly.

Supervise when necessary.

Safety requires that you do some tasks, such as chopping veggies or using the stove, alongside your kid until they can confidently do them on their own. In other cases, such as measuring ingredients, you might just want to actually eat what you make (yes, Virginia, there is a difference between a teaspoon and cup of salt).

Cook together when you’re not rushed.

The reality is, as with any other chore, cooking with kids is harder and takes longer than just doing it yourself at first. But you’re playing the long game here. Minimize meltdowns (theirs and yours!) by starting with a batch of cookies or a weekend breakfast. Save the weeknight dinner for when they’ve got this stuff down.

Want your kids to build more life skills? Find out what they’re ready for with our helpful printable chore chart!