Cooking with Kids – 10 Tips and Activities

cooking with kids - great tips and activities!

M and M have been cooking so much lately. Big M loves to make scrambled eggs. I think he likes it best because he can complete the entire process by himself. Little M is our pancake maker. The fact that they both like to make breakfast foods is no coincidence. I can cook, but it's not my favorite thing to do. Early morning cooking is definitely not something I rush into the kitchen for. So if they want something fancier than oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, they have to make it. One of my new favorite books, Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors, has a fantastic section on letting kids explore with ingredients. There is even Continue Reading

Flower Pot Dessert – Easy Spring Dessert for Kids

flower pot pudding dessert

One of my favorite childhood memories is eating dirt for dessert. There was a restaurant that served a flower pot dessert for kids. It was such a fun, silly and yummy treat. Who get served dirt? In a flower pot? And then loves it? Well kids of course. Now that I've made them I know they are also super easy (and still super fun). YAY! Mark this one an easy spring dessert for kids that we will make again and again! Flower Pot Dessert- Easy Spring Dessert for Kids what you need: clay pots, silk flowers, pudding, gummy worms, chocolate cookies (These links are all affiliate links, if you use the links you help support Continue Reading

Teaching Math and Reading through Cooking

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Kids love to cook, bake and experiment with food. We also know how beneficial cooking is for children. They are gaining a whole boatload of skills and lessons from cooking. They learn science along with fine motor skills, sequencing and direction following. There is a way however, to extract even more learning through cooking by making picture recipes that they can follow along with. I prepared a specific recipe for this post to show you how you can make your own recipes with your children that will help extend their reading and math through cooking. I chose a simple (actually very delicious) chocolate cake. My goals with most Continue Reading

Homemade fortune cookies perfect for Valentines

homemade fortune cookies for kids

This post about making Fortune cookies originally appeared on February 2, 2011. I have been planning this activity since I came across the recipe for these homemade Fortune Cookies on Cooking with my Kid.   We had so much fun putting them together this morning, I can't wait to make another batch. Homemade fortune cookies what you need:  fortune cookie recipe ~slip printouts~ colored pencils Printout the slips of paper to give your little ones a guide of the size the paper needs to be.  Make sure they know you will be cutting the paper on the lines.  You can tell from the pics that M and M had very different ideas of how to fill the Continue Reading

Sweetheart Smores and a Valentine’s Blog hop

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This post originally appeared on February 3, 2012. Are you ready for Valentines Day?  Don't worry this post will be full of LOVEly ideas.  All you have to do is make yourself a couple sweet heart smores, sit back and hop... blog hop that is!  And I have the perfect snack in mind. Sweetheart Smores. So, so easy.  So, so yummy. Spread a little peanut butter goodness on a graham cracker.  (Home made graham cracker if you have some.) Slice up some fresh strawberries. Add a cute little heart marshmallow. Then pop those smores in the toaster until they are as brown and melty as you like. YUMMY! Now go ahead and enjoy all of these Continue Reading

Making FRIENDSHIP Bread and sharing with Friends

friendship bread

This post originally appeared on January 29, 2011.  M, M and I have been hard at work preparing friendship bread to pass around to a couple of our closest pals.  The batter was not ready until yesterday.  Now that we have baked our bread and handed the project over to the next bakers I am ready to share the lesson plan. Making the friendship bread starter what you need: Recipe for the starter ~ ziploc bags ~ a little patience We mixed up the starter 10 days ago while Little M's cousin TL was visiting for the day.  They had a lot of fun adding in the ingredients. And stirring them up. . .look at that teamwork! After cleaning up Continue Reading

Big M guest posts… “The Food Artist”

Big M Guest Post...

Oh this is a special guest post.  While the kids were having snack one day Big M said "Look Mom, take a picture of this.  Then put it on your blog."  Hee Hee... You know this blogging Mommy couldn't resist.  So here is an extra special guest post from an extra special kid... mine. :) You would need raisins, gram crackers and pretzels.  First put four raisins.  Then stick the raisins to the pretzel. Then you get bamboo. "The Food Artist" Big M loves building with Lego's, Magnets, blocks... well just about anything.  He can keep up with his Dad on a 10 mile bike ride or snuggle up with Mom to read books.  He's all around Continue Reading