Cooking with your kids can be very beneficial no matter how old they are. It will allow you all to spend some bonding time together, and it will give your kids the opportunity to learn a few simple meals that they can make on their own when they are older. You can turn family dinners into a family effort by making the following meals with your kids.
This is an easy meal that even young kids can help you make. Spaghetti doesn’t take a lot of work, and your kids will get plenty of opportunity to practice their stirring skills. You can just make plain spaghetti or add in some meatballs as well. If you have been trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables, consider putting chopped vegetables in the sauce as the sauce can easily disguise the taste.
You can easily turn spaghetti into a healthy meal that you and your kids can make together. When you’re cooking, let your kids help make some of the decisions, like what to add to the sauce and what to serve as a side dish.
What kid doesn’t love pizza? This is a great meal to make if you want to get the whole family involved. Let your kids help make the dough, roll it out, put the sauce on it, and sprinkle the cheese and toppings on top. You can make one large pizza or some personal pizzas that each family member can customize. This is the good chance to allow kids to get a little bit creative with their food and potentially try new toppings.
This is the perfect meal if you are looking for something to take on the go, whether you’re packing up for a picnic or you’re just in a hurry. Your kids can easily make their own sub with minimum help from you. They can make everything from a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a more elaborate ham and cheese subs that have been slightly heated in the oven.
One of the great things about sandwiches is that they allow your kids to make all of the decisions from bread—white bread, wheat bread, pitas, kaiser rolls—to toppings—cheese, meat, veggies, jelly—to condiments—mayo, mustard, relish. They can experiment with the flavors they like and take care of making lunch at the same time.
Most kids love to make and eat tacos. For younger kids, you can allow them to work on their fine motor skills by allowing them to sprinkle cheese or shreds of lettuce into each taco shell. Older kids can chop vegetables and brown the ground beef. No matter how old your kids are, they can easily help make this meal with you.
Allowing your kids to cook with you will be very beneficial no matter how old they are. If you are looking for a family dinner to make together, try one of the meals mentioned above. They tend to be very kid-friendly meals, and kids of all ages can contribute to making the meal in some way.
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