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Kids Seasonal Cooking Activities


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.
cooking through the year ideas
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 memories.

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 year.

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 cooking.

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

Apple Season- Try some of our kid's seasonal apple recipes and ideas to enjoy this apple season.

Pumpkins- Visit your local pumpkin patch and try some of these pumpkin recipes with your kids.

Kids Halloween Recipes -Halloween theme recipe fun ideas for kids
Halloween Recipe Ideas-Menu ideas for Halloween such as snacks, dinner and dessert.

Thanksgiving-In America and Canada Autumn includes a celebration of harvest time with Thanksgiving. We have recipes and ideas to get kids involved in the Thanksgiving season.

Winter Cooking with Kids

Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day are not the only winter holidays. Again, each offers special cooking experiences with the kids but there are plenty of lesser-known days to create memories and traditions.

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 any age.

Kids Seasonal Cooking Activities in Winter

Hanukkah Kid Recipes- recipes to make on Hanukkah

Christmas cooking with kids- all of our Christmas cooking ideas listed here.

Christmas Candy Recipes-Chocolates, Peanut Brittle and more homemade candy recipes.

Learn How to Make Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Fudge Recipes- Recipes for chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, vanilla fudge and more fun delicious easy fudge recipes.

Homemade Suckers-Whatever the season, try creating your own homemade suckers.

Christmas Cookie Recipes-Cut out cookies, cookie decorating parties, fun Christmas cookie ideas and more.

Gingerbread House Recipes-Start a tradition with your kids of decorating a gingerbread house. We have a traditional recipe and a simple version.

Food Gift Ideas- Food gift ideas to give and share.

Jar Mixes- Recipes for soup mix in a jar, cookie mixes, pancake mixes, etc with gift tags to attach to your mixes in a jar.

Edible Gift Basket Ideas- Recipes and ideas to create your own gift baskets and goodies for presents.

Dough Ornament Recipes-Recipes for dough ornaments as well as cinnamon ornaments, spice ornaments and ideas for decorating.

Hot cocoa recipes- make a batch of homemade cocoa or cocoa mix.

Happy New Year-This is a holiday that kids don't often get involved in but we have some ideas to help you and your kids have some fun and still go to bed on time.

Chinese New Year- celebrate Chinese New Year with Asian recipes

Snow Theme Recipes- Create some fun with our snowballs and snowman theme recipes.

Mardi Gras- Celebrate Louisiana food with a Kids Mardi Gras theme party.

Valentine's 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.

Valentine Dessert Recipes- Create something sweet for your Valentine.

Homemade Valentine Recipes- Valentine ideas including anything edible or food related

St. Patrick's Day- St Patrick's Day recipes include Irish recipes, green food and just fun recipes to celebrate St Patty's Day whether you're Irish or not.

Seasonal Kids Cooking Camp

seasonal cooking Opportunities to cook with your kids come all year round.

This curriculum ebook is composed of 3-4 cooking activities and recipes per month ideal for the season or holidays, for a year of seasonal cooking adventures.

See our Seasonal Cooking Bundle here.  

Kids Seasonal Cooking Ideas in Spring

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.

Kids Seasonal Cooking Activities in Spring

April Fool's Day Recipes- Say April Fool's by surprising your family or friends with some foolish food fun.

Earth Day- Projects and ideas to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Easy Passover Recipes- recipes for celebrating passover

Kids Easter Recipes- Celebrate this Easter season with recipes and ideas for bunnies, eggs, nests and Easter dinner.

Sugar Eggs Recipe- How to make sugar eggs and decorate them with your kids this Easter season.

Resurrection Cookies Recipe- A recipe and cooking activity to do with kids the night before Easter Sunday.

Russian Easter Bread Recipe- An Eastern European tradition.

Italian Easter Bread with dyed eggs- A fun kids recipe for Easter

Cinco de Mayo, May 5- Mexican recipes and a fiesta theme party to go with it.

Mother's Day Recipes- Mother's day recipes and ideas for kids to cook on mom's special day.

Kids Summer Cooking

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.

Kids Seasonal Cooking Activities in Summer

During the kids break from school try starting our Kids Cooking Lessons or Kids Cooking Camps.

Father's Day Recipes- Cook up some recipes for a special father in your life.

Kid's Campfire Cooking Recipes- Outdoor cooking recipes for kids.

Dutch Oven Cooking for Kids
- Learn how to cook with a dutch oven.

4th of July Recipes- Celebrate America's Independence Day with some kid friendly, patriotic recipes.

Ice Cream Recipes- Easy ice cream recipes with and without a machine.

Popsicle Recipes- Kids popsicle recipes.

Simple Smoothie Recipes- Easy to make, healthy smoothie recipes for kids.

Picnic Ideas and Recipes- Kids picnic ideas and recipes.

Make Homemade Lemonade and have a lemonade stand. Bake cookies or other treats to go along with the drinks.

Easy Grilling Recipes- easy ideas for use grilling outside.

Grow your own Italian Pizza Garden. - Learn how to grow two vegetables and two herbs used often in homemade pizza.

Summer Fun Recipes


Kids Cooking Ideas-Birthdays

If you need ideas for a kid's birthday party consider having a kid's cooking party. Check out our Cooking Birthday Party Ideas as well as all the Kids Cooking Party pages for ideas, menus, to do list and help with planning.


Seasonal Cooking with Fruits and Vegetables

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.



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