Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cooking with Kids: 10 Ideas

One of my favorite thing to do with my kids is to let them help me cook and bake.  I've been cooking with the twins since they were 20 months old.  Sure it takes twice as long, and the results are often less than spectacular, but it's really all about the process and I love watching how focused they can get as they work on those fine motor skills.

Here are ten of my favorite Cooking with Kids blog posts from the past year...

Mini Pizzas are a fun meal that kids love to make and eat.  To make it even more fun, you could let the kids choose their own toppings.

Banana Pops Dipped in Yogurt are an easy and tasty treat, especially in the hot summer months.  My 2.5-year-olds used their own knives to cut up the bananas!

Recently we tried Making Butter and Cheese (Little House on the Prairie Style).  At first I was intimidated at the thought of making butter and cream cheese from scratch, but it was easy-peasy.  The kids (and Mom) got a great arm workout from all that shaking!

Don't serve the Deviled Eggs Made by Preschoolers at your next party (they are not pretty!).  My kids had a lot of fun, though, peeling the eggs, scooping out the yolks and mashing/mixing the filling - great fine motor skills work

Kids can be surprisingly helpful as little pastry chefs.  I often enlist their assistance when making Pies and Cinnamon Rolls.

This experiment in making homemade Berry Jam / Compote with the kids not only used a lot of Montessori practical life skills, but also turned out surprisingly delicious.

Making Bagels (i.e. playing with dough) is always a fun activity for the kids (and making bagels is actually a lot less daunting than it sounds).

I love buying those large crates of clementines and letting the kids squeeze their own Orange Juice.  It uses so many wonderful Montessori practical life skills including scrubbing, cutting, squeezing, and pouring.

Another super-easy snack that I let the kids make for themselves at least once a week is Banana Skewers.  Now at age 3.5, the twins can make this snack start-to-finish all by themselves.  This summer, we'll add some different fruits to the mix to make fruit-salad on a skewer.

Although I'm not sure this classifies as "cooking", I had so much fun with making Edible Face and Hair Masks with my girls.  The sensory experience of putting the cold gunk on their face and hair is something not to be missed.

UPDATE: I was so inspired by how much my kids enjoyed early learning games that I created the La La Logic Critical Thinking Curriculum for 3-6 year olds, which includes online brain challenge games, printable worksheets, enrichment activities and more!

This post is part of my February 1st Blogoversary celebration. 

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  1. Cooking with little ones can be so much fun! I started cooking with my twin girls before they could walk. Mashing bananas in a bag is also a good task for little ones. Both of my girls had fine motor delays from being born 12 weeks early and cooking was great OT. They are nearly 15 now and love to cook.

  2. Loved your post! Looks like you and your little ones have made some lovely memories as well as some yummy food. Thanks for sharing them!

    I just might have to try making bagels now. :o)

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Sunday!
    ~ K ~

  3. Hi, thank you for linking up with the first ever Saturday Bloggy Takeaway (A blog hop) You are now entered in to the giveaway I'm running for everyone who links up for the first four weeks in a row. Once again thank you for linking up, If you have a link list then I'd appreciate a link for the blog hop. Let me know if you have a blog hop you'd like me to add to my list.

  4. Thank you so much for linking up at Tuesday Tots - Just letting you know that I'm featuring this post over on Rainy Day Mum this week

  5. Great cooking activities for little ones, and most shouldn't destroy the kitchen! Thanks for link-up to Mom's Library!


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