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There’s no doubt that food brings us together. The kitchen is the heart of the home for good reason. No matter who you are, or what you are, we all need to eat.
Some of us go a little deeper with our connection to food, by either making it a true profession or taking up employment with a favorite destination like Five Guys Daphne. For the rest of us, we are merely pros in our kitchen, at whatever level of skill we have.
The best part of being in the kitchen when you’re a parent, though, is when you can bring your little ones in to help. Once they reach an age where they are actually helpful, it becomes even better. There are things that even the littlest of kids can do to help, though. And the best of times, it’s not even about the end result anyway. It’s the fun along the way.
From whipping up our favorite recipes to simply playing with our food, there are so many fun ways to bring kids in the kitchen. They are our hearts, in the heart of the home.
5 Ways to Have Fun with Kids in the Kitchen
Learn about their favorite food – There’s a lot that can be said for knowing what goes into the meal on your plate. It can be fun to dive into the ingredients in our favorite recipes, and learn about new ingredients, too. There’s some wild stuff out there.
Crafts with food – Food doesn’t have to be just for eating. You can craft with it, too. We’ve done a number of fun food crafts over the years, like our Pasta Bee Craft, Cereal Sunshine Craft, and Fruit Loop Fall Tree Craft. If you can stop yourself from snacking on all your craft supplies that is.
Make your favorite snacks with fun shapes and faces – Instead of a boring peanut butter and jelly, turn it into a fun Peanut Butter and Jelly Snake. Instead of simple toast, make some really cute Animal Faces Toast. It’s a great way to try to get some veggies and fruits in their bellies, too.
Let them help – Kids are great at mixing things. Give them a spoon and let them go to work. Start with a simple recipe at first, like chocolate chip cookies. They’ll want to gobble up the end result even more, because they made it. This train of thought is especially useful for recipes incorporating vegetables. A kid who normally turns up their nose at broccoli might be more prone to try it if they helped prepare it.
Pretend you’re a fancy diner – It’s always great when kids can use their imagination. After they’ve helped prepare the meal, even if it’s a simple sandwich, have them get fancy and serve you at the table. It’s a fun way to garner a lot of laughs, a great finish to time spent in the kitchen, and might lead them on their way to a future profession.
There are so many other fun ways for kids to help in the kitchen. What are some of your favorites?