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3 easy recipes for kids

on October 8, 2012

Cooking is a great learning experience. It promotes reading and following directions. It requires math skills, such as measuring and following a sequence. Fine motor skills are strengthened through pouring, scooping, cutting, and kneading.

It provides an opportunity to discuss where food comes from and healthy eating habits. Most children are more likely to try foods that they help prepare themselves. Getting children involved in meal preparation is a great way to expand their tastes.

Here are some healthy, easy, and yummy recipes even the smallest chefs can help prepare.

Waffle-wiches

Start with either homemade or frozen waffles. Cut a waffle in half, fill with favorite sandwich fixings and then put the other half on top. Give children choices for fillings and allow them to help assemble their own sandwich. These are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You can also try it with pancakes.

Smoothies

Encourage children to create their own recipes from a variety of fresh or frozen fruit. Throw it in a blender with milk or juice and blend into a frosty treat. Children love pressing the buttons on the blender. Add yogurt or peanut butter to increase the protein.

Stick It!

Set out a variety of food cut into bite-sized chunks. Options may include bread, cheese, leftover chicken, pineapple, green peppers, cherry tomatoes or whatever else you have on hand. Older children can handle wooden skewers, but drinking straws work great for the younger set. Children create their own balanced meal by sticking the chucks on their stick. Provide ranch dressing, honey mustard, or ketchup for dipping, if desired.

In addition to building great skills and healthy habits, cooking with kids also creates great memories!

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