Cooking is such a great skill to pass on to your kids, and kids are more likely to eat the food on their plate if they have helped make it! Nothing will get your kids more excited about being in the kitchen than these fun cooking ideas, which the whole family will enjoy.
Give yourself a break with some extra helping hands in the kitchen!
Oatmeal Cookie Smoothies
The perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack, oatmeal cookie smoothies will be a hit. The kids can help measure and pour the oats, cookies, raisins, milk, and ice into the blender. Let them help with pressing the buttons as well. Let the kids pour the smoothie into plastic cups and top it off with some more crushed cookies.
Homemade Pizza and Tomato Sauce
Almost every kid loves pizza, so teaching them how to make their own at home, from the base to the sauce, will go down great. Start with making the dough, which is a great opportunity to teach them about yeast, and let them watch as the dough rises. Let them roll out the dough (which they will love) and help them whip up an easy tomato sauce for the base. Let them sprinkle some fresh basil and mozzarella on top and wait for it to cook up in the oven.
Pork and Pineapple Skewers
These are great fun to make up but also work well to improve fine motor skills with cutting the pork and pineapple (for older kids) and then sticking them on the skewer. Let the kids brush a marinade over the skewered ingredients, and join you outside to cook them on the barbeque.
Nothing says Sunday morning more than banana pancakes. Peel those leftover, browned bananas at home and have your kiddies smush them. Let the kids mix them into a pancake mix, and help them spoon them into the pan. The best part of the banana pancakes is to choose your toppings. Have a toppings station with ingredients such as pecans, syrup and chocolate chips that they can top their pancakes with themselves.
Watermelon and Berry Salad
This summer recipe is great for kids who love fruit, and those who need some help finding fruit fun. You can slice up the watermelon and get some cookie cutters out to allow your kids to cut out their favourite shapes. Let older kids slice up the strawberries on their own. Place the cookie-cut watermelon pieces, blueberries and chopped strawberries into a bowl together for a great summer salad.
Nachos are so incredibly easy to make, which means they are a great recipe to cook up with your kids. Let them lay the nacho chips down on a tray, grate and sprinkle some cheese, throw in some black beans. Have them add whatever else they might want. Teach them how to make salsa and guacamole, and all sit down together to enjoy this fun-to-eat meal!
Cooking With Kids
If you don’t mind a little bit of mess in the kitchen, cooking with your kids can be great fun. It will set their building blocks in the kitchen, and get them to eat the food they usually wouldn’t! Use these fun cooking ideas with kids to get them excited about healthy eating.