Everyone knows that kids have a short attention span – it’s what makes them kids, after all. But if your kids are bored with the outdoors or you simply want to give them something great to do with you in the kitchen, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of cooking projects in which you can engage. These cooking projects allow you to spend time with your children as well as give them better knowledge and perspective on food and snacks, and the ingredients that comprise them. Of course, it’s also a lot of fun. So if you want some new ideas on the best cooking projects you can do with your kids, here’s your ultimate guide.
- Raspberry ice cream and soda
Whilst this is not as ‘healthy’ as it sounds, it’s still a good treat once in a while – especially if you’re having a dinner party or kid’s party and would like something original to give the kids. It’s similar to the root beer float, but the ingredients are raspberry ice cream (always a crowd favorite) and soda water. It’s easy and simple to make, and your kids can make their individual drinks by adding a scoop or two of the ice cream to a cup (or if you want something fancier, you can use special soda glasses just like in an American diner) and then pour the soda into the cup or glass. The next step is simple as well: a dollop of raspberry syrup, and voila! A great soda treat for the kids. You can also substitute the raspberry ice cream with other ice cream flavors, such as strawberry.
- Easy mug cakes
Mug cakes are quite popular as a party dessert for a simple gathering, but think of how delighted your kids will be if they can make their own. The ingredients of an easy mug cake are as follows: sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, an egg, half a teaspoon vanilla (mix everything in a bowl), then follow with half a cup of flour, 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda, and a little salt. Mix everything again and then pour the smooth batter into microwave-safe mugs. Microwave each mug individually until the cake puffs up, then insert a toothpick into the center to see if it is done. The best thing about these mug cakes is that you can add a variety of toppings and frosting to each cake and make your own variations as you please. Some toppings include fresh fruit, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, ice cream, powdered sugar, and more.
You can also make a different version of the mug cake by using different shapes, such as alphabet molds, which you can easily get from MoldyFun. These are highly versatile, and you can also use them for melted white and milk chocolate, biscuits, and more.
Of course, there are other projects and tasks which your kids can easily undertake in the kitchen, especially if you want them to be more responsible and feel more useful as well. More often than not, kids want to help in the kitchen, after all – it’s just difficult to delegate tasks to them if we think the tasks are too dangerous. But some things your kids can do include helping plan a meal menu for the week (which also encourages them to eat well), washing fruits and vegetables, shredding lettuce for a salad, assembling a sandwich, and measuring out cooking and baking ingredients such as flour, milk, and the like.