That is such a great idea for kids to get involved.I also have a small cornish hen for my 4 year old to cook. She does all the basting and prep. We do this together every year and she thinks it is so much fun. She plans to take it with her and preside over her own bird at the little kids table. Our family has had a child explosion lately, so maybe next year I should have her do a regular sized chicken instead of a game hen.