Many kids will cling to the notion that food appears on the table by magic if mom and dad never teach kids cooking. And though there are some kids who want to learn, others aren't interested in putting dinner on the table. So start kids' cooking lessons by making things they like to eat — desserts.
These recipes are all so easy that kids with some kitchen know-how can make them alone and those that are just learning can get a start with an adult's help. None of these desserts include the words boil, broil, bake, etc.
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This classic recipe couldn't be simpler. It's just milk (soy milk, almond milk, or any non-dairy milk will work great), vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup. That's it. The fun part comes in topping your milkshake. Assemble a DIY topping bar with whip cream, sprinkles, powdered candy canes, or even whole candy bars. Kids will love mixing and matching toppings. This is particularly fun for sleepovers.
Safety concern: Blender
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Fairy bread transforms the simplest ingredients into a magical treat. Have the kids help you butter sliced bread, then let them go crazy with colorful sprinkles. It's incredibly simple and the only concern is keeping the mess to a minimum, but that's a good kitchen lesson, too.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Kids have a talent for making dirt, right? But this is even better because it’s dirt that tastes great. This recipe is for individual cups. This makes it better for a group of kids to do because younger ones can concentrate on making just one, while bigger kids can do an assembly line.
Safety concern: Microwave, hot liquid
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