20 Ways to Cook with Kids
Need ideas on how to get your kids involved in cooking? Here are 20
ways to cook with your kids!
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Start with the Cooking Basics for
1. Measure It
Teaching kids to measure accurately is an important step in them
learning how to bake. We cover how and ways to teach this technique
in our kids cooking lesson manual.
2. Pour It
Whether it is pouring in liquid ingredients or making Popsicles, learning to pour accurately
will come in handy
3. Stir It In
Stirring ingredients is a basic cooking skill children can learn
while they are young. If you get them involved while they are young,
this is always a good task for them. Any recipe will do that
involves mixing with a large spoon.
4. Kitchen Prep
Teaching kids that there is more than just jumping into a recipe
will help them develop better-thinking skills. Start by finding a
recipe and reading it through with them. Talk about what you need to
prepare before starting. What kitchen utensils will you need to use?
What ingredients do you need and do you have all of them on hand?
5. Meal Plan
Children need to learn what is involved in preparing meals not just
being served. Here are some tips and ideas on meal planning.
6. Wash and Prep
Having a sous chef help beside you to wash and prep any vegetables
and other ingredients will give them more hands-on experience with
certain ingredients they may not want to eat. If you give them
a chance to work with them and they may be more likely to try them.
Make Cooking Fun for Kids
Take cooking meals and recipes up a notion with experienced chefs by
having an iron chef challenge. Just like the show pick 4 ingredients
and place them in a basket or box. Children create their recipe.
Another similar competition could be trying our ingredient challenge.
8. Something New
Take a trip to the grocery store with your children and have them
pick a new fruit, vegetable or food product to incorporate into a
9. Mini Size It
Try making meals mini size. Think tea party size, sliders, etc.
10. Shape it Up
Kids love working with bread dough. A favorite lesson of mine is to
give them a batch of bread dough and let them decide what to create
out of it. Here is a homemade bread dough recipe.
11. Create your Own Recipe Book
Experiment and have kids create their own personal recipe book.
12. Fun with Food
Pick a different theme and make food fun. It could be an
animal theme, shape or color. Here are some of our fun with food
and theme ideas.
13. Drink It
Making homemade beverages can be an easy way to get kids involved in
cooking. Try smoothies
, fun drinks, "tea
", milkshakes, etc.
14. Eat a Rainbow
Create a meal with all the rainbow colors. Need some rainbow food ideas?
Teach Kids to Cook Homemade
15. Make it Homemade
Make something you eat often and store bought into a homemade
version. Maybe a recipe for applesauce
, or fruit
16. Recreate It
Pick a favorite food product and make it from scratch, i.e. cheese
crackers, Lunchables, Gatorade
17. Make Homemade Fast Food
could fit well in this category.
18. Make Homemade Pasta
A favorite recipe for kids to make who love to work with
can be shaped into whatever they'd like, cooked and
19. Make Homemade Butter
Kids can't usually believe you can make your own homemade butter.
It is easy to do but will
require some muscle work. Or try homemade almond
20. Box it Up
Make a boxed meal into a homemade version. Try macaroni and cheese
or Hamburger Helper
Teach Kids Cooking Classes
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