As you continue to introduce your child to kitchen appliances,
teaching kids to use a blender is one area that you have to
make sure you are confident about their safety before letting them
try it alone. Blenders have the double danger of electricity and
sharp blades, so your training should start with a safety lesson
before moving on to how and what to blend.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Blender Safety First
Teaching kids to use a blender will help save you time and will
expand their repertoire of
skills and recipes. However, you need to make sure that they are
aware of the potential dangers from electrical items, and the sharp
blades in the bottom.
Start your lesson with a demonstration of how powerful it can be by
blending something tough, such as potatoes or carrots. Give your
child one of the objects the machine blended and ask them to break
it with their hands.
Then ask them to imagine how sharp the blades must be and how fast
they must be going to break it down. This should instill respect for
the blades. Follow this up with a short talk about not mixing water
with electrical items, and your child should be ready to try
blending for themselves.
The blending ability of modern machines can be incredible, so when
teaching kids to use a blender, give them a series of challenges
that will help them learn how to use the different functions on the
machine, and what can and cant be blended:
Put out a variety of food stuffs, including liquids like milk,
semi-solids like butter and solids like chocolate. Ask your
child to make a prediction as to what will blend and what wont
and then have some fun trying all the different items out.
Take some differently colored fruit, such as strawberries,
grapes and blueberries and put them in different bowls. Take
turns with your child to blend different combinations to make
different colors. You can also do this with white bread and food
colorings, but the fruit will be tastier to eat afterward. Try
any smoothie recipe
Give your child some recipes that specifically require
blending as part of the process. This can be things like soups,
pie toppings and pudding. Soups are particularly good, as some
will need blending till smooth, while others work better with
chunks. This will teach your child about the different speeds
available to them
Once you feel happy that theyve mastered these challenges, you can
begin to allow them to use the blender for their own projects.
However, teaching kids to use a blender should be a supervised
activity at all times, even if it just means that youre in the same
room as them when they are using the machine.
Cleaning a Blender
The final part of any training you do with your child in the kitchen
should involve the cleaning of the utensils that theyve been using.
This will help you keep the mess to a minimum and also teach the
responsibility of the chef to leave the kitchen ready for the next
user. Blenders are not hard to clean, as most will unscrew at the
bottom, allowing little hands to wipe the blades clean safely. Be
sure to supervise this the first few times, with reminders about the
Being able to use a blender will increase the number and variety of
recipes that your child can make. Teaching kids to use a blender can
feel quite stressful, especially when theyre blending hot liquids,
but if you approach the situation calmly, your child will respond
calmly. Always allow more time than you think necessary when youre
training your child in the kitchen and be sure to keep your tone of
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Teaching Kids to Use a Blender with Smoothie Recipes
Get the Morning Started Right Smoothie
1 mango peeled and sliced
2 cups frozen strawberries
1-2 cups milk (depending on if you like yours thicker or thinner)
1 carton of peach or other flavor yogurt
Blend all together in blender. Start with 1 cup milk and if it is
too thick for you add 1/2-1 cup more milk.
Dad's secret weapon Breakfast Smoothie
by Carol (Stratford, ON
When our girls were young, it was a chore to get breakfast into
them. My husband often offered smoothies.....like this one with a
maple syrup (the amount varied)
2-3 Tbsp orange juice (concentrate)
1 whole egg
a couple of ice cubes
Whiz until frothy They loved it and he never told them about the
Breakfast Oats and Fruit
1 cup skim milk or soy milk
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 banana, cut in pieces
Blend until smooth.
Best Breakfast Smoothie
by Donny (Boston Ma, US)
This is all done on how much you feel like making and by your own
taste. When I make it it's meant for 2 servings.
1-2 cups OJ
1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Sweet Dark cherries
1/3 cup Blueberries
4 good size spoonfuls of Strawberry yogurt
1 1/2 scoops of chocolate protein shake mix
- I use all frozen fruit. but you can use whatever. for a slightly
different taste you can add some Nutella also. Enjoy