Cooking with your kids can teach them all kinds of lessons, from timing and measuring skills to cutting and cooking techniques, and it gives them a greater appreciation for the food that is served at the table. As an added bonus, kids are usually more willing to try new and healthier foods if they are part of the cooking process. These seven websites inspire kids of all ages to cook with mom or dad, so check them out, try a recipe together, and let us know which site is your family's favorite resource.
- Fit For a Feast is designed to teach kids how prepare delicious, kid-friendly recipes with safety and precaution. The website offers instructional food videos with colorful graphics, nutritional info for kids, knife safety tips, and advice on how to prep and store food.
- Cooking With My Kid is a photo-filled site with nutritious snack and meal ideas that you can prepare together as a family. Simple and totally enjoyable, this guide offers step-by-step instructions for recipes like giant chocolate-covered raisins and sweet potato and lentil stew.
- Hey Kids, Let's Cook includes instructional videos for multicultural, kid-friendly cuisine, especially good if you are unsure about how to get your kids involved in the kitchen. The host Kathy clearly demonstrates engaging, fun techniques for her kid cooking assistants, like using a melon baller to create beautiful shapes in a fruit salad. The video section also includes mini table-etiquette tips, taught by one of the kid cooks.
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- My Daddy Cooks features videos of an adorable UK dad and his son cooking (and making a mess) together. His recipes are creative, often makeshift depending on what's in the pantry, and certainly easy enough to allow the kids to help.
- Chronicles of a Reluctant Housedad documents one dad's journey as a stay-at-home dad. His recipes might be better appreciated by more refined palates, but if you have a foodie family, then you must try out dishes like leeks with scallops, white pudding, and bacon butter.
- Kraft's Big Fork, Little Fork iPad app compiles 300 recipes that involve Kraft products. Beyond recipes, the app shows basic cooking techniques, introductions to herbs and spices, and tips for how kids can contribute to each recipe (based on age).
- Annabel Karmel, renowned British children's chef and cookbook author, has a beautiful website full of healthy recipes for expecting moms, babies, and kids. Whether it's wholesome green veggies for baby or a fun special treat for kids, the step-by-step instructions and tips involve the whole family. Also check out Annabel's guest posts for LilSugar featuring fun food projects, eating tips for babies and toddlers, and swoon-worthy dessert recipes.