When we think of kids in the kitchen we usually run in the other direction, but if you prepare in advance and choose age appropriate projects the experience can be fun for everyone, including you!
Your children are more likely to enjoy healthy snacks when they’re involved in the preparation process. Not only is it a great way to stay close and connected to your children but it also creates a sense of pride and appreciation for the food they eat. Once these habits are established they’re easier to bring into later years which mean a healthier future for your little ones.
The younger you can get your kids started in the kitchen, the better! Choosing age appropriate dishes to make with your child/ren is an important part of making this a successful experience. Below we have three fun projects for kids age 3-6.
Mini Fruit Kabobs: All you need for this fun afternoon activity is a pack of toothpicks and your favorite dried fruits. Arrange dried fruits on toothpicks and enjoy!
Granola: Want your kids to enjoy a snack of yogurt and granola without complaints? Try making the granola mixture with them!
- 1 Cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- A dash of salt
- 1/2 cup raisins (these are the last step, don’t bake these with the rest of the ingredients)
- Measure out the Oats, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Brown Sugar, maple Syrup, Oil and Salt.
- Involve your child by asking them to help you measure (“tell mommy when the oats are up to here…”)
- Have your child/ren pour each of the ingredients into a large bowl
- Stir together
- Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet with your child/ren
- Even out the mixture together
- Now on your own, bake for one hour on 350* F, stirring every 15 minutes so the color is even (tell your cutie that s/he can come back to help with mixing in the raisins when it’s done cooking)
- Remove from oven and transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- Pour the raisins in and mix until they are evenly distributed.
Remember, the most important ingredient in each of these activities is FUN. So go have some with your little ones today!