Kids love to get involved and the kitchen is a great place to spark creativity and get stuck in, especially on those wet, rainy days.
Whether it’s making savoury snacks or sweet treats, cooking is a great activity – and there’s no beating a bit of good old-fashioned baking…just be prepared to see more mix on the floor than in the bowl! It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills and enjoy their own creations.
Check out our top ideas for getting creative in the kitchen…
What do they love to eat?
If your kids have favourite meals or snacks, teaching them how to make them from scratch can be a great way of increasing their understanding of the importance of healthy eating. If you’ve got a vegetable patch – even better. Get them involved right from the start with planting seeds. If you’ve got veg that’s ready for picking, plan a meal in the evening that involves using all your freshly picked ingredients and enjoy them at their best! there’s nothing better than getting your hands dirty in the garden and reaping the rewards with a tasty tea!
Make food fun
If there’s a quicker or easier way to make food fun than by creating funny faced pizzas, we want to know about it! You could start from scratch by making homemade dough (it’s easier than you think), or pick up a base from your local supermarket, or even just buy a plain cheese and tomato pizza that you can add toppings to at home. The main thing is just getting the kids involved. Use their favourite toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms or chicken to make features such as eyes, a nose and mouth. Not only will it be a load of fun to create, it’ll be all the more tasty with their help.
When you start baking with kids, look for simple recipes that have a small amount of ingredients and simple recipes to keep their interest focused on the job at hand. We love gingerbread men as an easy recipe to start with. The best thing about baking gingerbread treats is the decorating! It’s nice and easy for kids – use writing icing, cake decorations, sweets…whatever takes your fancy. Head over to our gingerbread men recipe blog for an easy to make recipe, and check out our gingerbread man and cupcake cutters to make the rest a doddle.
Pick a theme
It can be fun to make dishes that the kids have never tried before – it could be as simple as a fruit salad filled with unusual fruits from around the world. For those lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere exotic this year, create a whole menu made up of dishes from that country… a sure bet to get everyone excited!
Lessons for life
Learning to cook is a great life lesson, especially for older kids who are becoming more and more independent. Teaching the basics of cooking shouldn’t be overlooked but it needs to be fun as well. Pick a dish a week to teach them how to cook…and by the time they’re fully grown and off to uni or moving out, you won’t have to worry about them going hungry!
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