As soon as they can reach the knobs safely. 7 or 8 if they are mature enough.
My 8 year old can cook scrambled eggs and flip pancakes if I'm right there helping him. I learned to cook around the same age with my mom's help. I wouldn't trust him to cook by himself until he is much older though.
I'm teaching my son, 3, with help.
My kids have been using the stove solo since about 5-6.
I have and will start mine as soon as they were/are tall enough to see over the top of the stove. My ODD was 4 when she first started cooking, and my soon to be 3 year old I have a feeling will start at about the same time her sister did, if not even a bit sooner (she's so flippin tall!!)
My ODD is soon to be 8 and she has never been burned on or near the stove, and she is able to cook several things with little more than my presence.
My son was probably around 5 when we started letting him help and learn how to cook. My husband is an Executive Chef and I love to cook. We both feel cooking is a basic life skill that we should teach our son. So as soon as he showed an interest we began letting him help out and learn.
My 9 year old can make a grilled cheese sandwich, scrambled eggs, the basics, you know. My 7 year old is a bit more rowdy so I'm taking my time with him.
Quoting SuperPickle:My kids have been using the stove solo since about 5-6.
When they are mature enough and they follow direction without hesitation. So each kid has been a little different.
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