Cooking With Kids

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My girls making cookies

What better way to teach kids how cook by getting them down and dirty in the kitchen? I choose a recipe or two to prepare with my little girlies every weekend. This Sunday we made two of our favorite recipes.

Choosing Recipes

Kids want in on the action so it’s important to choose recipes that have something excited for them to do. From cracking eggs to mashing bananas to forming cookies, my girls (ages 6 and 4) were fighting over all the cooking tasks.  I always scout the recipes in advance for several kid-friendly tasks so there are enough to go around.

The two recipes I chose this week were FoodNetwork.com’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dana White Nutrition Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. Here are the appropriate tasks I pinpointed for each recipe:

Cookies

  • Spray the cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray

    Cracking an egg

  • Crack the eggs
  • Stir the flour mixture
  • Add the chocolate chips
  • Help measure the ingredients
  • Form cookies from dough

This recipe was also a great time to teach about salmonella. After my girls each cracked an egg, they were told to wash their hands with soap and water before continuing to work. I also explained to them why they couldn’t taste any raw batter. I’ve also made this recipe with my girls before, so they were able to form the cookies from dough by themselves while I worked on the dishes.

Muffins

Stirring mixture

  • Place the paper liners in the muffin tins
  • Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray
  • Stir the banana mixture over the stovetop (supervised)
  • Scoop batter into muffin tins
  • Place remaining chocolate chips onto muffins before baking
  • Check if muffins are properly baked with toothpick (supervised)

As we’ve made numerous muffin recipes in the past, my older daughter reminded me that we need to check if they’re done by checking it with a toothpick.

Other Age-Appropriate Tasks

Here are other age-appropriate tasks you can assign to your youngsters:

Ages 2-3 years

Mashing bananas

  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Throw garbage away (like wrappers, packaging, empty containers)
  • Peel bananas
  • Stir batter (with assistance)

 Ages 4-5 years

  • Grab ingredients from low cabinets
  • Stir batter (without assistance)
  • Measure ingredients
  • Open packages
  • Spray pans with non-stick cooking spray
  • Set the table (with assistance)
  • Shape the dough for cookies
  • Separate vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower
  • Place toppings on pizza
  • Crack eggs
  • Scoop batter into muffin tins
  • Mash ingredients like bananas or cooked potatoes

Ages 6-8 years

Stirring batter

  • Do small tasks over the stovetop with assistance (like the muffin mixture mentioned above or scrambled eggs)
  • Make smoothies with assistance
  • Set the table
  • Help plan a meal
  • Prepare a simple salad
  • Grab ingredients for recipes
  • Roll dough for pizza or cookies

LET’s DISCUSS: How do your kids help you in the kitchen?

 

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