6 Simple, Fun Ways to Get Your Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

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Guys!  My mama is here!  Like, at my house!  And because there is just SO darn many things to accomplish in her short trip here {i.e.: loving on my kiddos, coffee-sipping, staying up too late gabbing, shopping, donuts, playgrounds + parks, you know, all the good stuff} I haven’t had a chance to edit the recipe photos I intended on sharing with you today. But I’ve got something fun, nonetheless.  

If you follow along here regularly my guess is that you are a fan of being in the kitchen.  There is also a chance that, like me, you’ve got kiddos of your own or family/friends with kiddos that run into that ‘oh-my-gosh-it’s-4:30-and-I-can’t-complete-a-thought-let-alone-conquer-dinner-and-the-house-looks-like-a-tornado-hit-and-my-kids-are-driving-each-other-crazy-and-all-I-can-hear-is-MOMMY WATCH THIS, MOMMY LOOK AT THIS, MOMMY I WANT TO HELP’ time of day.  Man do I love my littles, but man can they make it challenging to create, write, photograph and conquer meal preparation around that 4 o’clock hour for me.

So, if you’ve got little punkin pies of your own hugging your ankles while you’re trying to get dinner on the table, this article I wrote for Twin Cities Mom’s Blog may be of interest to you.   As you know, I am so passionate about bringing our kids into the kitchen with us at an early age, in any capacity, for so very many reasons.  I could rant for hours on this, as the benefits are endless.  But the article I’m sharing with you today is just a few fun ways I like to keep my kiddos busy and happy during that hectic time of day.  My kids adore all of these activities…and I hope yours do too!

Just click on the link below to check it out

6 Simple, Fun Ways to Get Your Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

Happiest Wednesday to you!  xo

13 thoughts on “6 Simple, Fun Ways to Get Your Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

  1. Great to have kids in the kitchen! My grandkids love it, and I always have a cooking or baking project for them when they are dropped off on my doorstep. I’ll never forget my oldest granddaughter rolling sushi with chicken nuggets – she was about 4 at the time.

  2. Reblogged this on hedgecraft and commented:
    This is so funny! It’s nice to have a list of busy work for kids to do when they want to “help” in the kitchen. Some stuff just isn’t kid-friendly. However, for the most part, I actually have my kids help in the kitchen. Sure, things turn out weird sometimes, but my kids (7 & 3) are pretty adept in the kitchen (now!).

    When they were little, I had them banging on pots and pans with wooden spoons etc. As they started to get a little older, they started fetching dishes, tools and food from cupboards and the fridge. Then they moved on to finally helping with the food prep.
    You’ve never seen a kid so proud as the one that has contributed to a family meal! It’s such a glorious sense of accomplishment for them.
    My son Wolf could make two simple meals by the time he turned six. They were spaghetti (sauce out of a jar) and meatball subs (frozen meatballs and sauce out of a jar). He was so freaking proud when he would serve up these meals for the family on His Night to Cook.
    Of course, he was supervised closely when using the stove, but we’ve never had a mishap.
    They each like to make a contribution to holiday family meals. My daughter is big on baking, and Wolf can make a few veggie dishes.
    I think kids are never to young to learn the basic life skills they will need as adults. It takes a really long time to become an adult, and we can’t start teaching them everything only a few years before they hit 18. Cooking is an important skill that is rapidly being lost among fast food and ready-made meals. Kids who take pride in their culinary skills will never have to depend on others for their meals when they become adults.

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