With schools closed and most families on lockdown inside, we thought it might be useful to share some recipes that are great to cook with the kids. We’ve included baking recipes, but we’ve also listed some family main meals and savoury snacks to make too.
Cooking with kids when you are stuck at home is a great activity for the following reasons:
1. Get’s Kids Interested In Food
Quite often children are more inclined to eat a meal that they have helped to prepare themselves so if you have a fussy or picky eater in the family then this can be a great way to get them eating different foods!
2. An Opportunity For Home Learning
Following a recipe and making food with your kids is a great opportunity to get some home learning in at the same time!
Talk about the ingredients you are using. Like where they have come from, how they are grown, what else those same ingredients could be used for!
Measuring ingredients out is a great visual way to learn about different measurements like, grams, ounces, pounds, fluid ounces and so on and so forth.
Even reading the recipe itself gives kids an opportunity to practice their reading and perhaps learn new vocabulary that they may not have come across in their usual school curriculum!
3. Helps to develop Fine Motor Skills
Cooking with children, especially younger kids is an excellent way to help develop their fine motor skills. Measuring out ingredients, stirring, and even cutting up ingredients (be sure to use a safe kid-friendly knife!) can all be easy ways to develop motor skills.
4. Builds Confidence
Helping to prepare a family meal or some snacks and then serving it up themselves can give children a massive sense of achievement and boosts their self worth!