Cooking activities for kids!
Have you noticed how much kids love playing cooking games? They sieve and mould at the sandpit, they make mud pies in the garden, and bubble cakes in the bath! They are always imitating the people they see around them who are preparing food, and they’re learning as they watch. But wouldn’t it be amazing for us to raise a generation who really understand how to cook and how to choose healthy foods? We have put together a small selection of some really fun cooking activities for kids to get them started in the kitchen. These recipes will spark their interest and soon your little cooks will be helping out with all sorts of meals!
If you’d like more delicious recipes and fun activities then take a look at our cookbook! It has been written especially for children to teach them all about the amazing power of food. It’s available to buy here at our online store.
Make happy memories with kids’ cooking activities
By involving your children in cooking, they will start to understand where food comes from, how to cook with it and how to make healthy choices. They’ll be empowered to choose foods that will help rather than hinder their health and learn how to fuel their bodies and their minds. For fussy eaters, cooking activities for kids are a great way to encourage them to try unknown flavours, smells and textures as they will be excited to eat their own handiwork.
It can be hard to fill the day with activities and keep your children engaged and occupied, but spending time in the kitchen is a lovely way to have some quality time together. We admit, things can get messy, but fun and chaos create some of the best memories! Let your children take an active role in finding the ingredients and equipment. Give them time to explore it all too – they’ll love pretending to whisk and stir before you even get started! It’s a great conversation starter (and fantastic for introducing new vocabulary) as you talk about where the foods come from and how you think the recipes will turn out.
If you are cooking with more than one child, skim through the instructions first and either decide who will do each step in advance or try and encourage some teamwork and sharing. When your little ones know they are getting a tasty treat at the end it will encourage them to work together in creating their masterpieces!
Here are some of our favourite things to make together – they’re fun, tasty and full of healthy ingredients. Aprons on, let’s cook!
Happy heart jam tarts
These yummy little tarts are a joy to make and a treat to eat! Your little ones will love mixing, kneading and rolling out the dough, as well as greasing the cupcake tray and pressing down with the pastry cutters - fantastic for helping to develop their fine motor skills!
Pesto is a brilliant go-to ingredient to have up your sleeve as it can be used as a base for so many meals. Teaching your children how quick and easy it is to use fresh ingredients to make a healthy meal is a really valuable life skill. Plus, watching the smiles and excitement on little faces as a meal is served to the whole family, which they have helped to make, is delightful. This recipe takes just five minutes but we bet your children will be beaming for a lot longer than that as they thrive on the feeling of accomplishment. What a great boost to their self-esteem!
Frozen yoghurt bark
This is a fun way to make an alternative to ice cream. Children will love getting involved with this as they can use fruit and seeds to make pretty patterns, rainbows or even faces. Their creativity will come to life in the form of food and they will start to associate food and cooking as a time to have fun!
Carrot Cake Bars
With lots of tasty ingredients to count, pour, weigh and mix, your little cooks will be practising their maths skills without even realising it as they make these delicious bars. They are perfect for snacking on or even for a super quick breakfast.
Most children love a splodge of delicious, sweet jam and if you’re looking for a healthy one they can pop on top of porridge, slather onto toast or swirl with yoghurt, then this is the recipe to make together. With fresh fruit, honey and chia seeds (rich in brain boosting omega-3) it couldn’t be easier. For another tasty topping for bread or pancakes you could also try our decadent Avocado Chocolate Spread
Creamy vanilla fudge
You little cooks will definitely be keen to help if you suggest making some yummy fudge! Our recipe is free from refined sugar and contains just four ingredients including mineral-packed cashew nuts. There is a bit of a wait while they set in the freezer – just enough time for your children to help you get the kitchen sparkling again!
We hope you enjoy these cooking activities for kids. The recipes are a great way to have fun with your children whilst simultaneously creating nutritional snacks and meals from scratch. You have total control over the ingredients and they don’t contain any nasties like many pre-packaged food options.