While you’re still learning, an adult should help make sure that the oven has been turned on correctly and everything is safe. Remember to tie your hair back, keep hands and any flammable objects—like dish towels, papers, or cardboard packages—away from the oven, use the proper cooking temperature, and carefully watch the food that is cooking.
1. Make sure there is nothing in the oven before you turn it on. Turn the oven on and set it to 425 degrees. Wait for the oven to preheat. Many ovens will beep to alert you when the oven is preheated.
2. With the help of an adult, open the oven door, put the baking pan in the oven, and close the door.
3. Set a timer according to the recipe—35 minutes—and check to see if the squash is done. If not, leave it in for another 5 or 10 minutes and check again.
4. Avoid opening the oven door to peek at the squash, as it will make the oven lose heat.
5. Use pot holders when removing the pan from the oven.
6. Be sure to turn off the oven when you’re done using it!