Did you ever want to try a food you read about in a story? Wouldn’t it be fun to try something the Boxcar Children ate? Or something Laura ate in the Little House books? How about Green Eggs and Ham or Stone Soup? The library has books with recipes to tell you how to make these literary dishes and more.
Check out one of these fun books and get cooking today!
In my household, my husband does all of the cooking, which is awesome. Even better is the fact that he includes my son in the meal-making to teach him the art of cooking. Aware of the kiddo’s budding culinary talents, my in-laws let me know about a simple app called Toca Kitchen (available in the Apple App Store for $1.99). This easy-to-learn game lets you cook things using a variety of techniques, and then try to feed that food to a person or an animal of your choosing. Like a good mom, I read the reviews. While some users wish you could cook more than one ingredient at a time, kids seem to like the simplicity and enjoy learning about chopping, boiling and sautéing, as well as how the different eaters react to different foods. (The eater might gobble up the fish you just microwaved or stick out his tongue in disgust.) Toca Kitchen is a fun way for kids to explore cooking, and it’s a big hit at my house.
If you want some low-tech tools for kids in the kitchen, the library has some great cookbooks available. Try “Mom and Me Cookbook” (or, as it should be called in my house, “Dad and Me Cookbook”) by Annabel Karmel. You’ll find recipes that are fun, simple and unlikely to be rejected by picky eaters. Happy cooking!
When I get home from work I’m charged with getting dinner on the table while simultaneously trying to referee living room fights and fulfill numerous requests for everything from apple slices and cheese crackers (because they are starving! Right now!) to diaper changes. It’s hair-on-fire parenting at its finest. I recently discovered that if I get the kids in the kitchen and give them jobs, we end up actually having something like fun. Bonus: they are more likely to eat things that are good for them if they had a hand in creating the dishes in the first place.
More leisurely baking projects on the weekend can also be enjoyable family time. Scooping and leveling flour, pouring ingredients into a bowl and of course licking the beaters are things nearly any young child can accomplish. Here are some books for inspiration. Continue reading