Keeping kids busy and entertained can leave you feeling like you too need a holiday. It requires you to be resourceful – keeping those little hands occupied, while you keep your sanity.
Beat their boredom by getting them in the kitchen. Fun recipes and learning new techniques and information about food will keep their hands and their brains busy. As a bonus, this gives you the opportunity to engage their senses, explore new things, and encourage a more adventurous palate. It offers a tactile learning experience and can get them interested in trying healthy food that they would usually turn their noses up for
The trick to getting your kids to understand food, appreciate it and have them eat more of the good stuff, e.g. salads and vegetables, is to get them involved in the process. Letting them make it themselves builds their confidence and independence. It’s also a chance to talk to them about health and what we put in our bodies.
Keep them interested while you’re keeping them busy.
#1 Keep it simple
Quick, easy and tasty is what you’re aiming for. Making a pizza from scratch is a great way to get the kids involved, and it is inexpensive to make. Having them choose their toppings and placing it on the pizza themselves is ideal. And if they have friends over, you can turn it into a competition where you’re the judge.
#2 Snacks are better on a stick
Fruit kebabs are fun, healthy and creative. The combinations are endless, and they can also be served as either a snack or as dessert. All you need is some wooden skewers and some pre-prepared fruit and/or berries.
#3 Quick and easy baking
Using what you have in your pantry already saves time and it’s easier on your pocket. Try these super yum gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup peanut butter (whichever kind you have)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 190C . Place salt and egg white in a medium bowl and whisk until frothy. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Divide dough into 20 equal portions, roll them into balls and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Gently press on top of each with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned
#4 Let them make lunch
Instead of normal sandwiches, use cookie cutters to create crafty sandwiches. You can use whatever bread you have and use your child’s favourite toppings to make lunchtime a bit more exciting. Here are some examples to inspire you.
We know what you’re thinking: all this sounds like fun, but who is going to clean up this mess? That’s the beauty of it, involve the kids in the clean up as well
The trick is to make it fun. Turn cleaning up into a game and give them some motivation to finish it – because let’s face it, everyone needs a bit of motivation when it comes to cleaning and tidying up 🙂
1. Put on some music.
2. Set a timer and give them a task that they need to finish by the time it rings.
3. If they finish in time, then they get a reward.
4. Make it even more enticing by turning it into a competition
Even if the kitchen turns into a total mess and the food isn’t exactly Michelin Star worthy, you can still enjoy time out with your children over some tasty food
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