Having had the VERY great pleasure of eating in their dad’s restaurant, I’m sure his two sons have some great ideas here to get other kids involved in the wonderful craft of cooking.
The Batali Brothers Cookbook: Leo Batali, Benno Batali: 9780062269348: Amazon.com: Books
We all keep reading that cooking is an important part of a healthy life style, to get us all away from all the processed foods and their unhealthy ingredients, so we do need to teach our kids how and that it can be fun. What better way than with a book put together by kids just like our kids- and an inspiration to ‘achieve’ to boot!
These are the ULTIMATE in re-cycling, although I suspect the proximity to Earth Day is a coincidence.
DIY Play Kitchens
Using old discarded or thrift store furniture and mostly paint, give your ‘helper’ the play kitchen of her dreams. Looks ike the ultimate birthday present to me!
This simple snack/dessert recipe is perfect for quick cooking with your kids– even the little ones. Soak the apricots ahead of time and then it all goes together fast enough to keep their attention- and no cooking required.
Cooking with Kids: Apricot-Coconut Balls
Talk about how dried fruit is very sweet, meaning it’s high in sugar, and what that means for their health. It might just sink in!
16 ways to eliminate Cabin Fever with kitchen creations with the kids:
Fun Recipes For Kids
My favorite has to be the rainbow spaghetti (I first thought it was rubber bands in the picture LOL!). What a riot it would be to serve this at a birthday party! I’d think it could be prepared ahead and reheated with hot, hot water through the sieve, but test that assumption first, please.
A yummy chocolate treat that they can enjoy both making and eating! They taste like an ice cream ball:
Mess For Less: Food Fun Friday: Chocolate Snowballs.
No real cooking involved, just microwaving the chocolate to melt it, which can be your input to the project. The rest is just stirring the ingredients together, waiting for it to chill in the freezer, and crushing the cookie coating- crushing things is great fun for the kids.
Teaching patience here– the finished snowballs have to be frozen overnight. But the payoff is they get to eat them next day.
Note: only take as many as you want them to eat out of the freezer as they do melt.
From a book of easy candy recipes that kids can make, candy making is a great family or playdate activity or even a party activity. And, of course, the end result is delicious!
Candy Making Fun ~ Creative Family Fun.
Food allergies can make feeding your family a healthful diet that everyone can or will eat a real challenge. So here’s 25 different resources, all voted to be the best by concerned parents, to help you.
Top 25 Food Allergy Moms – 2012 – Circle of Moms.
An extra minute or two in the morning can mean a whole lot to your kids’ ability to stay focused in school. Sugared up cereal isn’t going to do that for them; make sure you read the ingredients and the grams of sugar in those cereals rather than believing what the TV commercials claim- you’ll be very surprised.
Not only does the right breakfast help with focus and concentration, it’s a major factor in weight control too. Kids, just like adults, need to be full enough not to get hit with cravings that lead to overeating. And the thing that keeps them (and us) feeling full is protein. Eggs, yogurt, protein rich smoothies- these all do the trick.
Whole grains is the other good-for-you breakfast. Hot cereal on a cold morning- what’s not to like?
Here are ideas for 10 healthy breakfasts for your kids. They take a bit more time in the morning, or organization the night before, but the pay off is worth it. And I would add for the yogurt, fruit and granola breakfast to substitute oatmeal for the expensive and fairly high calorie granola – it tastes just as good with good fruit.
There’s way too much fun here not to share it. You’ll find crafts, things to cook/make/eat and learning games for the little ones.
I’m particularly fond of the Mummy Dogs– PERFECT for your Halloween or October birthday party! Scroll down the long list of ideas to about the middle for this one.
Little Family Fun: 40+ Halloween Activities for Kids
Another ‘expoloring America’ dinner from amomwithalessonplan.com– this time it’s Texas. Do the cowboy dress up, the BBQ and there’s 3 good books for bedtime too.
You’ve got to make dinner anyways so why not give it a learning theme that’s fun and tasty.