Keeping kids busy on the weekends, during the summer, or on those rainy days where we’re trapped inside can often feel daunting. Getting the kids in the kitchen with you to make edible projects not only keeps them busy, but also teaches new skills, introduces new foods, and keeps them full! How’s that for a multitasking activity?! Always supervise your children in the kitchen, but give them free reign to try measuring and mixing ingredients on their own. Even if they make a mess, you’ll still... have a fun bonding experience together, and maybe you’ll get some cleaning help while the snacks are cooking!
01 of 04
I can't help but cringe when my kids are offered goldfish as a snack on play dates or at camp. Of course there are many things that would be considered far worse for them than these little yellow bitesized snacks, but goldfish kind of get under my skin. Goldfish are one of those "easy" foods that most people keep in the pantry for their kids. And why not? They're delicious. But they are also high in sodium, low in fiber and feature some unneeded empty ingredients like sugar. For what is such a simple food, making your own homemade version is so much better, especially when you use whole wheat flour, which ups the fiber content and is far more nutritious than refined.
I know what you might be thinking: "it takes longer to make goldfish than it does for me to buy them". Well, you'd not only be surprised by how quick and easy these cheddar crackers are to make but also how much money you'll save making your own. And the best part is that you can use cookie cutters to pop out these crackers in whatever shapes you think your kids will love. More special than goldfish? What more could you hope for at snack time!
02 of 04
Chocolate cookies and whipped cream are a combination Kenya and Chloe cannot resist and these Raspberry Cream Chocolate Cookies are a favorite decadent treat. I go for more of a sandwich with my version, filling the cookies with a red hued cream made with fresh raspberries. Cut your cookies in the shape of hearts and it's hard to find a dessert that says "I love you" better than these.
03 of 04
This is a great weekend cooking project to do with your kids as it requires a bit of testing. I have a basic recipe that works great, but everyone’s oven, dehydrators, and berries will be different so everyone’s fruit leather will come out slightly differently. My best advice is to spread the mixture as evenly as possible on the baking sheet and keep a close eye on the fruit while it's cooking. Be prepared for a bit a trial and error and don't lose your cool. Hopefully when you find your ideal cooking time, you'll be knocking out batches of your own fruit leather with ease.
04 of 04
Challah Bread Pudding is a great use of leftover bread as the creamy mixture it’s baked in soaks into the bread as it cooks making it super soft inside with a nice crust on the outside. Served with maple syrup, honey, whipped cream or on it's own you’ve got a unique dish at this time of year that will make your family think you’re a super star!