O is just turned 7 and has been cooking for a while, he loves to make pasta with sauces (veggie pasta with either a cream or tomato based sauce which he can pick the veggies for - great for helping him undrstand flavour combinations, not always great for us so a little guidance needed now and then), omelette, frittata, soups, slow cooker meals, curries (again combining veggie for flavour), He does sometimes need a litle help to drain pasta/rice etc but we usually get round that by him having a bowl next to the pan and lifting the rice/pasta into that with a slotted spoon.
C is 6 in a couple of weeks and is a little nervous still in the kitchen so does like more support around pans, popping things in the oven etc, but then that’s more his personality than his capabilities. He likes to make basics like bean/eggs on toast etc, anything you can put together and then pop in the oven (which is my job), baking cakes, cookies etc.
H is just turned 3 and is already gaining confidence and understanding in the kitchen. She can bake a simple cake/cookie mix with the ingredients premeasured, will happily don the oven gloves and understands the safety aspects, and loves to stir things on the hob, add chopped veggies to the pans etc.
Why not just start with a basic recipe - veggie pasta for example, talk her through it whilst she does the work, and then next time leave her to it if she’s happy? This is how we helped our children (grown and young) todevelop an understanding of flavour combination and general confidence in the kitchen. We also don’t patronies them - if it doesn’t taste great then we say so, constructively obviously.
Most of all just have fun. Our kitchen is our favourite learning resource, which we are missing hugely right now as it is being redocarted, retiled, and a new floor fitted. Will be so much more user friendly when done though, yay.