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Easy Cooking Projects For Kids

Easy Cooking Projects For Kids
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The idea of getting kids involved in the kitchen can be pretty daunting. Not only do you have all those sharp, hot and downright dangerous hazards lurking everywhere you turn, there is also the thought of the mess they will inevitably make (and that no doubt you’ll be landed with cleaning up!)

However, there are loads of benefits to be had from encouraging children to get involved in preparing meals or doing a bit of baking. You’ll be teaching them a valuable life skill that they’ll need for the future. They’ll learn the importance of sell by/use by dates and not wasting food. How to use complicated-looking utensils will become second nature to them and older kids might even become skilled enough to cook the odd meal now and again, giving you a well-deserved night off from cooking. On top of all that, cooking and baking can be a fun way to spend a rainy day without spending a fortune.

Keep it simple

The key to introducing kids into the kitchen is to keep things simple. This is for your own sanity as well as their enjoyment. Nobody is going to have fun if you’re trying to work out a complicated recipe while simultaneously trying to swipe the potato peeler out of your four-year-old’s hand!

With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favourite easy to make recipes that kids will love eating as much as they enjoy making.

Rice Krispie Cakes

Easy Cooking Projects For KidsHands up if you’ve never made a Rice Krispie cake… nope, didn’t think so. These have been children’s first attempts at kitchen creations for generations and if it ain’t broke then why fix it? If your memory is a bit rusty then all you need is some Rice Krispies (Cornflakes work equally well) and a slab of cooking chocolate. If you want to go all out then you can add sprinkles as well. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water and get the kids to stir the cereal into the melted chocolate. Then all they need to do is spoon the mixture into fairy cake cases and add the sprinkles.

Burgers

Most kids love a burger and it’s good to know they can preare these treats themselves, even making them healthy. As there is no measuring required, these are great for allowing your little ones to use all the tricks they’ve learned from Play Doh. Stir some mince into a bowl and add some flavouring, such as a little chilli powder or parsley, if you wish. If you’re using lean mince then it might be worth cracking an egg in there to help the burgers stick. Split the mixture into the right sized portions and get the kids to roll them into a ball before flattening them into burger shapes. Fry or barbecue each burger for around five minutes on each side (this will depend on the size of the burgers). While you’re doing that you can prepare the buns as well as any toppings, such as cheese, fried onion or salad.

Pitta Pizzas

Again, pizza doesn’t have to be a particularly unhealthy meal option if you make your own. You can make your own dough for the pizza base but to keep things simple we suggest using a pitta or flatbread for the base and letting the kids go wild on the toppings. One advantage to this is that your kids can all create their own pizza masterpieces with their favourite toppings. Cover the base with tomato puree and let the kids loose with a selection of ham, chicken, pineapple, onion, mushrooms, peppers or whatever you have in the fridge. Pizza toppings can be a great way to get kids excited about eating veggies and they can use the ingredients to create pictures like smiley faces. Use mozzarella rather than cheddar cheese for an authentic pizza flavour.

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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