Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cooking with Kids, After School Year in Review

Welcome to the After School Link Party!  
Tips for cooking with kids to make it fun and easy

Thank you to everyone for linking up in the 2013 year.  After School has been such a wonderful link party to find other like minded families who enjoy fun learning with their children after the school day ends.  The After School team is taking a break for the holidays and will resume in the new year.  Until then, enjoy our top posts of 2013.  

Top Posts for Cooking with Kids 2013

how to make soft pretzels with kids
~ Make soft pretzel numbers and letters with What Do We Do All Day.  What a brilliant idea!  

teaching life skills to kids
~Afterschool for Smarty Pants shares how to teach life skills while cooking with her daughter.  

how to make flavored applesauce with kids
~ Make orange flavored apple sauce with Mama Smiles.  It sounds delicious.

how to make homemade goldfish crackers
~ Homemade Goldfish Crackers by Boy Mama Teach Mama look wonderful!

how to make ice cream in a bag
~  Check out Coffee Cups and Crayons how to make ice cream in a bag.  It would make for a fun treat any day!

~Linking literature to cooking is such a fun activity.  The Educators' Spin on It shares the top 10 ways to cook with books with kids.  These are really fun ideas!

how to make watermelon paletas
~ We enjoyed making these watermelon paletas this past summer.  I love that they were all natural ingredients and colors.  Find our other cooking with kids adventures here.

I love cooking with my kids.  There is so much that can be shared and taught while cooking with them.  I'll admit, it can be a challenge, but well worth it.  With just a little forethought, it can be made easier.

Tips for Cooking with Kids:

  • Read and understand your recipe and then read it with your kids.  
  • Take time to explain some of the vocabulary used in the recipe.  
  • Help them write the shopping list and shop with them to purchase the ingredients.
  • Assign them tasks that they will be successful with, but also teach them new skills and let them practice.  
  • Allow them to help with measuring the ingredients.  If they are toddler age, you may want to measure the ingredients ahead of time and let them scoop or pour it into the mixing bowl.
  • Put a clean plate under where they are measuring.  You can keep the mess to a minimum and even recoup some of your ingredients.
  • Let them explore the ingredients.  Smell the herbs and spices, taste some of the individual ingredients that might be unfamiliar.
  • I use a small silicone mat under mixing bowls to keep them from sliding.  Mixing can be difficult enough for kids without the bowl sliding around on them.
  • If you're making a long recipe, plan for little breaks.  We stopped and did a yeast experiment during one of the bread baking days.  Sometimes we play with the measuring cups and spoons seeing how many spoonfuls of water it will take to fill the cup, etc.  We experimented with eggs in our cupcakes once too.
  • Enlist their help with clean up, but make it fun. My kids love washing dishes in the sink and running the mini vac.  Turning on some music also helps.
  • Make enjoying their creation a little celebration and allow them to serve mom, dad and each other.  It's even better if they can share some with the grandparents or neighbors.

More Top Posts of 2013 for Elementary Learners

Thank you for being a part of the After School Link Party.  Happy holidays and we'll see you in the new year!

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Natalie AfterschoolForSmartyPants said...

Love the tips! Thanks for co-hosting Afterschool and looking forward to 2014!

Beth Gorden said...

I hope you have a GREAT Christmas!!! =)

Amanda Boyarshinov said...

What a great collection! Sharing =)