Changes in the seasons provides opportunities to cook with your child
throughout the year. Whether it is a holiday celebration or a
seasonal activity, these are always memorable experiences for
children. Whether it is an Easter brunch or birthday celebration,
food usually plays some role in holidays and seasonal times.
See the links below for our kid's seasonal activities to find ideas
for cooking with kids the whole year through.
Holiday cooking with kids brings home the joy and togetherness that
defines the holidays. Religious and secular holiday cooking provides
opportunities to connect and bond with your children as you share
traditional recipes, create new ones, all while making lasting
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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There are the major holidays but essentially you can find a holiday
in every month, if not day of the year. The opportunity for holiday
cooking with kids is an opportunity that is available all year long.
If the pressures of the major holidays such as Passover or Christmas
are too great to allow for the patience and time needed to tutor
your chefs, there are plenty of other opportunities throughout the
We've organized these kids seasonal cooking activities in groups of
four according to winter, summer,
spring or autumn
season. In addition to those we also have a birthday
section, you'll want to check out. However don't forget fruit
and vegetables change with the season as well!
Kids Seasonal Cooking Ideas
Throughout the Year
Cooking in Autumn
Autumn is a time we think of kids going back to school, harvesting
gardens and picking apples. It is
a busy time of year and a start of new beginnings for most kids. It
is also a great time to get kids involved in the kitchen and
Autumn holidays immediately bring thoughts of Halloween
and Thanksgiving but
there are plenty of other secondary holiday opportunities.
Celebration of fall harvests and the yields of those harvests are
not only a reason to celebrate but also a reason to cook and consume
the bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Apple Day, officially October 21, mainly celebrated in England is a
wonderful opportunity to create a new holiday celebration for the
family. The possibilities of a family outing to pick the apples,
followed by using a plethora of apple recipes provides chances to
cook with the kids, whatever their ages and skill sets.
Kids Seasonal Cooking Activities in Autumn
Season- Try some of our kid's seasonal apple recipes and ideas
to enjoy this apple season.
Visit your local pumpkin patch and try some of these pumpkin recipes
with your kids.
January 19 is Popcorn Day. There are various recipes
for popcorn as well as plain popcorn with butter or butter
substitute. Making popcorn, adding flavorings and taking a chance on
those very sweet popcorn
balls are all activities that can be adapted for a child of
Recipes-What better way to celebrate the winter season than
curling up in a warm house, cooking something warm and comforting
after playing in the snow. Or, create some fun with our snowballs
and snowflake recipes.
Mardi Gras- Celebrate
Louisiana food with a Kids Mardi Gras theme party.
Day-It is the season of love and most seasonal cooking is with
chocolates and candy but we have even more ideas to get your
Valentine's Day started off right.
No one can ignore the traditions of Easter and Passover cooking.
These holidays in particular inspire traditional family rooted
recipes. Preparing traditional dishes with your children is a
surefire way to keep the traditions of generations alive while
creating new ones.
A day waiting to be made a family holiday is April 5 National Deep
Dish Pizza Day. What offers more fun, creative opportunities and
good eating than homemade
pizza? Imagine the fun your family could have by making this
day your special family holiday and cooking together to celebrate.
Summer picnics ooze
with culinary occasions to share with your children. The Fourth of
July picnic allows all kinds of recipe making with the family.
However, National Waffle Day
on August 24th is another time that is an opportunity for the family
to create together, cook together and form close relationships
through shared experience. It is yet another relatively stress-free
chance for holiday cooking with kids.
Helping your child understand where and how fruits and vegetables
are grown can help peak their interest in eating healthy. Our
Food Fact Sheets are very informative. They include facts
for many fruits and vegetables such as how it grows, when they're
available, what to look for when buying them, how to cook them, and
recipes as well.
Search for a seasonal cooking activity or recipe.
Seasonal Cooking Activity
Do you have a seasonal activity or recipe to share?