The day when our kids can make their own food is a day that should be celebrated! It is a day that should bring joy and should take some of the daily stress off of the main caregiver at home.
Children have the ability to work in the kitchen and learn new life skills around two years old. As soon as your kid can hold a spoon, they can help you cook in the kitchen. Start out with simple skills, such as stirring, whisking, using measuring cups and even beginner cutting skills. Chopping and slicing skills can be started early by practicing on soft fruits, vegetables, and bread.
However, a lot of people wait longer than they need to before they start teaching their kids any kitchen skills! That’s right, kids are a lot more capable in the kitchen than you may give them credit for and you may not realize there is fun food your kids can make now!
Fun Food Your Kids Can Make
I am going to share some simple recipes for fun food your kids can make with you. They will vary in skill and age range, but with assistance, any kid should be able to accomplish these.
Pinwheels: Pinwheels are an awesome beginner recipe that can be made with a multitude of ingredients and can be made into very fun food! All you need are some flour tortillas and sandwich toppings. You can really use anything, but here are a few fun ideas!
- Peanut butter, Jelly and Rice Krispies
- Nutella and Marshmallow Fluff
- Lunch Meat, Cheese and Lettuce
- Cream Cheese, Cucumbers and Tomatoes
- Cream Cheese and a Fruit Jelly or Jam
Pudding Cups: Instant Pudding is a great way to introduce dessert making to your kids. There is no cooking required and really just takes a lot of stirring and pouring! You can make layered pudding cups, pudding cups with sprinkles, pudding parfaits and, if you have a graham cracker crust, you can make pudding pie!
Kebabs: Making kebab is easy, fun and always works on fine motor skills. Another awesome thing about kebobs is that they can be made with almost anything! Savory or sweet, they work for all meals and snacks! Here are a few kebab ideas for you to start with.
- Mozzarella, Pepperoni and Green Peppers
- Chicken, Cheese, and Tomato
- Strawberry, Pound Cake and Pineapple
- Banana, Brownie and Peanut Butter Sandwich Square
- Grapes and Cheese
Oh – and don’t forget to get your kids their own gear. Amazon sells these kid-safe kitchen tools and utensils.
At What Age Should A Child Start Cooking? With proper supervision, kids can cook. As they get older, kids with kitchen experience can prepare more complex recipes and start improvising. How much they can achieve depends on how interested they are in cooking and how much they’ve done before.
At What Age Can A Child Use A Knife? By 5 years a child is learning to spread and cut with a knife. It is often not until they are around 7 years of age that a child can use a knife and fork together to cut up food and are truly independent with self-feeding.
At What Age Can A Child Use A Microwave? Microwaves installed above counters or stoves can be a scald hazard for anyone. Never leave a young child alone while food is cooking in the microwave. Children under age 7 should not operate the microwave unless they are closely supervised.
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