As a parent, you take every opportunity to bond with your children. Have you ever thought of taking the bonding sessions to the kitchen? It is never too early to teach your kids a few cooking skills. Cooking with your children is not only great for your relationship but it is also a learning opportunity for them. They get to learn how to prepare food, what foods are healthy, and it is also a fun experience. Of course, you need to ensure that they are safe since the kitchen can be a dangerous place. Here are some fun snack ideas you can make even with the youngest ones.
These are one of the easiest snacks to make. The best things about skewers are that you can make any food combos you like so it’s perfect even for picky eaters. You can use meat, vegetables, fruit or even waffles. Decide what ingredients you want for the skewers. If any of them need to be prepared using heat, you can do that before bringing the children into the kitchen. Once all the ingredients are ready, its time to have fun. Lay out all the ingredients so the children have access to them then demonstrate. Get the children to make their own and encourage them to get a little creative. It’s a simple and fun dish to make.
Children think that healthy food is boring. So this is a great opportunity to teach them how to spin a dish they think is boring into a fun dish. The great thing about oatmeal cookies is that you can add whatever ingredients; raisins, peanut butter, cinnamon, or walnuts. Since there is a lot of mixing going on, the kitchen may be a mess but it will be worth it. With your direction, the kids can mix the dry ingredients and you can intervene where electrical appliances are needed. You can best believe that your children will be asking for more once they are done. Bite Sized Desserts: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sorbets, Coconut pinwheels & Mini Chocs
Now, this is something you would need to make when the sun is out. It involves a lot of refrigeration. However, one thing is for sure. Children like colour and the rainbow smoothie is the epitome of colour. To make the different colour layers, you need to blend fruits with the same colour separately. You can use beetroot, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, and avocadoes. Once you are done blending them, you need to refrigerate every batch of fruits separately. This is done so once you mix them together, they are not too liquid and mix into each other. The idea is to have separate layers with little to no overlap.
This is another opportunity to get a little creative with your young ones. There are so many options to add into a wrap. You can use chicken, eggs, fruits, lettuce, cheese. The list is endless. Give your children the opportunity to make their own wraps. They get to add what they would like from the ingredients you have. For a slight hack, if tortilla wraps are not available, you can always make very thin pancakes. It’s a twist to the recipe but you may enjoy it as much as I do.
As you can see, the trend here is about putting fun twists into dishes your children are used to or avoid entirely. Weetabix muffins are made the same way you would normally make muffins. The only additional step is crushing the Weetabix then adding it into the mix. You can also add raisins or nuts to make them better. The children can help you break the Weetabix into finer pieces. The safest way is putting all the Weetabix into plastic bags and sealing them. Then using a rolling pin to break them up. Your children may enjoy that!