Tie back long hair. Don't wear baggy clothing when cooking, either. Long, baggy sleeves can catch on fire.
Make sure everyone involved in the project washes hands - front and back, between fingers and under nails - in warm, soapy water for about 20 seconds. You can sing the "Alphabet Song" while you are washing; that takes about 20 seconds. Use paper towels or a clean cloth to dry hands.
Set out everything that you'll need, such as recipe ingredients, measuring cups and spoons, and mixing bowls.
Measure accurately and use the correct tools to measure ingredients.
For safety's sake, use hot pads when handling hot pans, pots and dishes. Be careful with hot liquids. Handle knives safely. "The kitchen can be a fun place, but it can also be dangerous," Walsten says. "That's why kids need to get permission before they cook."
Last but not least, Walsten recommends that kids help with clean up - washing dishes and putting ingredients away - before sampling the final product!
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