Last night my 6-year-old made strawberry shortcake. By "made" I mean she read the recipe, measured, sifted and mixed the ingredients, and gave her opinion as to the done-ness of the cake part. She also assembled the finished product. I supervised and did the sharp and hot parts - slicing the berries and anything that required wearing an oven mitt.
We shared the dessert with at least 4 of the neighbors, all of whom assumed that I had really made the shortcake, especially when I said the I handled the knife and oven. I'm a little miffed that they don't think a kindergartener could handle basic baking, but it got me thinking.
When should I allow my daughter to begin handling knives and ovens with supervision, of course?