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Longer days, warmer temperatures, and plenty of fresh ingredients on hand — this time of year is ripe for getting the kids involved in the kitchen. Who wouldn’t be tempted by all the bright, sweet fruits and vegetables popping up right now?
It’s been proven again and again that having kids help with making meals results in them being more curious about food, and that means more food goes from the plates to their tummies.
My kids love to help with food, from picking out our favorite ingredients to plating up the meal. They are far apart in age, but they both can help out with some supervision and assistance from me. One recipe that is great for kids is this beautiful Summer Berry Pudding opens in a new tab. As our food editor Molly explains, “It’s quite a process, so there is some immediate satisfaction but also a little waiting which is good for teaching patience. The feeling of squishing the juice-soaked bread is really fun and feels silly, too.”
Ways your kids can help:
Slicing strawberries, with supervision.
Removing crusts from bread.
Stirring cooking fruit.
Dipping bread in fruit juices.
Squishing the juice-soaked bread into the bowl.
Whipping cream (make it a contest!).
Adorning sliced pudding with cream and berries.
Don’t forget that while cooking with your kids should be a fun experience, there are some things you need to keep in mind.
Washing hands is so important, especially with little kids who tend to touch everything at all times. Keep soap and a stool next to the sink to make it easier for them.
Boiling fruit can easily burn skin. Keep pot handles turned in to avoid bumping and spilling, and use a back burner if you can.
Supervise cutting. Children can use small paring knives, but will likely need instruction or hand guidance.
Cooking with kids is a great learning experience. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy, and most importantly, have fun!