Little kids love imitating adults. Indulge their "I want to be just like you" while you can! Kids love preparing lunch and elaborate tea parties with wooden fruits, vegetables, and confections, or fixing their imaginary contraptions with their play tools sets. All of this fixing, making, and cooking gives kids a great sense of accomplishment and a big boost to their language and social skills too. It also helps teach responsibility, which may minimize the whining later when it comes time to share the real chore load. Maybe.