Letting children help bake cookies can get a little messy. But by assigning tasks based on their ages, you'll sprinkle in a sense of pride at the same time they learn key skills. See our age-related cookie-baking tips below. Ages 2-4 Your little one will adore helping you with some of the easier tasks. Check out these cookie-baking ideas for preschoolers. Mom or Dad can: Mix the cookie dough in advance (your child can shape the dough for baking). Bake cookies in advance (your child can help decorate). Have a sturdy stool or booster seat available to help children reach the countertop. Spread newspapers or towels on countertops to contain the mess. Preschoolers can: Crack eggs into a small dark bowl. They'll love fishing out pieces of egg shell while you supervise. Pour already measured ingredients into the mixing bowl. Roll cookie dough into balls and flatten the balls with their fingers. Roll balls of cookie dough in sugar. Transfer cookie balls to a cookie sheet. Help Mom or Dad press the oven's "bake" button. Frost the cookies. Or simply drop decorative sugar or sprinkles on cookies that you frost for them. Try out these skills with Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Snowballs, and No-Roll Sugar Cookies. Ages 5-7 Your child is ready to take on a little more responsibility. Check out these cookie-baking ideas for early school-age kids. Mom or Dad can: Have a sturdy stool or booster seat available to help shorter kids reach the countertop. Spread newspapers or towels on countertops to contain the mess. Premeasure the ingredients so all your child needs to do is pour or drop ingredients into the mixing bowl. If making cutouts, roll the dough to the correct thickness. Prepare cookie cutters for use by dusting them with a little flour. If cookies need to be decorated, set up an area with frosting, decorative sugars or sprinkles, and icing spatulas. Early grade-schoolers can: Use a hand-held electric mixer to combine some of the ingredients. (They'll feel very grown-up!) You should take over when the flour needs to be added. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, or other fun add-ins. You should pretend not to notice when they swipe some chips. It's part of the fun! Cut out cookie shapes from the rolled dough. But you should transfer the cookie cutouts to the cookie sheet for baking. Unwrap and press chocolate kisses into the tops of cookies. Frost and decorate cookies by themselves. Try out these skills with Classic Gingerbread Man Cookies, Festive Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Jolly Snowman Cookies. Ages 8-10 Your child is now old enough to handle most of the cooking-baking responsibilities. Check out these ideas for older school-age kids—and get ready to sit back and supervise! Mom or Dad can: Make sure you have the right ingredients on hand for this recipe. Get out the measuring cups and measuring spoons. If cookies will be decorated, set up an area with frosting, decorative sugars or sprinkles, and icing spatulas. Grade-schoolers can: Spread newspapers or towels on countertops to contain the mess. Measure and pour ingredients into the mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients with a hand-held mixer. You may need to step in when the flour is added. Shape or cut out cookies for baking. Put the cookie sheet into the oven and remove it—under your supervision. Don't forget to get out the pot holders! Frost and decorate cookies by themselves. Dip cookies in melted chocolate. Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of cookies. Put together sandwich cookies. Pipe frosting features on gingerbread men. Try out these skills with Easy Holiday Cutout Cookies, Ginger-Brown Sugar Cookies, , and Ginger-Ski Men. Get more fun ideas for baking with kids.