Do your kids like to work in the kitchen? Since we spend so much time preparing healthy food, it only made sense for me to train my 4 boys early on to help out. Part of their training has involved learning lots of easy recipes for kids.
Teaching kids to be independent in the kitchen has multiple benefits:
- First of all, it’s a big help for you. If a child can get himself a snack, that’s one less thing for mom or dad to do.
- In addition, cooking is fun for kids. It makes them feel important and grown up.
- Also, cooking teaches important life skills.
- Cooking (and cleaning up) increases their self-confidence because cooking may be somewhat of a mystery to kids until they start doing it themselves. Something as simple as making their own scrambled eggs can be a big deal!
- It’s very satisfying for kids to be able to cook something and serve it to others since not all children can do so.
- Being involved in the cooking encourages kids to try new foods, which is most noteworthy!
- Cooking together with your kids is fun, and, as a result, it’s a great way to spend quality time together!
Here are 20 easy recipes for kids to make all by themselves
- Toast and scrambled eggs
- Easy cinnamon coffeecake muffins
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- English muffin pizzas
- Oven-roasted potatoes
- Stove-popped popcorn (a weekly staple in our home, made by my 14-year-old)
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Walking tacos (especially if you have the ground beef already cooked)
- Homemade applesauce (made extra exciting if you use a spiral peeler!)
- Tomato soup
- 2-ingredient banana pudding
- Hot cocoa
- Easy herbal tea
- Easy homemade wheat bread (a little advanced, but such an accomplishment!)
- Hummus (let your kids customize with their favorite spices)
- Veggie plate with homemade ranch dressing for dipping
- Fruit with creamy lemon dip
- Homemade whipped cream (so fancy!)