I think that involving kids in planning and cooking meals is an important step in helping them appreciate food. Not only does it help them understand where food comes from, but it teaches life skills as well. Learning to follow a recipe teaches patience and the importance of following the rules. Measuring ingredients teaches children math concepts. And watching how everything comes together is a bit like a science experiment. I love spending time in the kitchen cooking with my kids. I ask them all sorts of questions about we’re doing, instead of the other way around. I ask them what they will happen when we add this thing to the other thing. They love eating the food they made. So there’s another thing cooking can teach – self-confidence.
Here are some of my favorite recipes to make with kids.
Homemade Marshmallows – part treat, part science experiment. Lots of FUN!
Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bread – kids of all ages love doing the swirls.
Granola Bars – lots of stirring and measuring in this recipe.
Crispy Chocolate Treats – like chocolate Rice Krispy bars but all natural and healthy
Fruity Quesadilla – a no-cook treat that kids can make themselves