As writer Pat Conroy says, “A recipe is a story that ends in a good meal.” Indeed, recipes are mini-tales and executing them with young chefs can bolster reading and math skills. Cooking together is also a great way for families to spend quality time with one another away from television and electronics. Not to mention, such practice could set your child on the path to culinary greatness!
Happily, for those who may not have an extensive library of kid-friendly cookbooks, recipe resources for families abound.
The Food Network’s “Family & Kids” page is one resource for finding loads of recipes to make with children.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ web page also features a bevy of healthy meals and snacks for kids to make and enjoy.
Martha Stewart, Cooking Light, and Real Simple offer galleries of recipes geared towards kids as well. While these recipes aren’t designed to be executed entirely by young chefs, your children can certainly join in the fun of preparing a nutritious, delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.
We hope you find our recommendations for fun cooking activities to be helpful as you make plans to keep your children engaged over the summer months. Stay tuned – more activities to come!