More than Just Cooking…Its Quality Time!

Edible Playdough

I know when my children were younger, I loved to be in my kitchen with them doing fun and exciting activities.  We would cover the kitchen table with shaving cream, cook play dough, make orange butter and so on.   The list goes on and on of the fun times we had together in that one room in our home.  It’s a great way to spend quality time together while also allowing them to express their creativity through fun filled activities.  Cooking in the kitchen with your children teaches them how things change, develops small motor control and builds self-confidence.  My kids looked forward to this time of the day with great anticipation and always wondered what I had come up with for the day.  Here are some of my favorite food activities I enjoyed with my children when they were younger and I hope you will do the same.

Edible Play Dough

1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of corn syrup
1-½ cups powdered milk
1-½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:  Mix all of the ingredients together to a smooth and moldable consistency. Give your child a piece of the play dough to knead on wax paper for modeling the dough into shapes and creative objects.

Nutty Buddy Spread

1 cup or your favorite nuts or seeds
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
Salt to taste

Directions:  Place the nuts or seeds in a food processor chop into smaller pieces. Add honey, salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil and continue to pulse until the paste is formed.  If your food processor is large, just double the recipe. Place in a sealed container and refrigerate.

Spread on bread or toast and add jelly or other fruit for a delicious sandwich. It’s delicious on crackers, apples, bananas and celery.  It can spread on so many different things for a delicious and nutritious treat.  This spread can be used for breakfast or lunch.

Fishy Bowl

Small Clear Bowls
Blue Gelatin
Your favorite Gummy Fish

Directions:  Prepare blue gelatin as directed.  Pour into individual clear bowls.  Place in refrigerator until it sets.  When the gelatin has set, use a knife and make a slit about ½ inch from the edge of the bowl and slide the gummy fish into the slits.  Place your gummy to look like they are swimming around in your bowl.

Remember when you are cooking in the kitchen with your kiddos,  make sure they are participating in each step with you.  I always like to begin by reading all the directions one time through and then get started.  Have fun and enjoy the time, because it flies by and these are memories that will forever be in your heart. They certainly are in mine.  

4 thoughts on “More than Just Cooking…Its Quality Time!

  1. Brown Langner

    Hey Sara,
    Yes, When my son was little, he loved what he called “cowboy food”. He and I would cook it together many times during the week. It is hot dogs with baked beans. I would let him help me prepare the entire meal. We would boil the hot dogs and let them cool. He and I would tear them with our hands in bite size chunks. We then cooked the baked beans. I allowed him to get the pot out, I would open the beans and then he would sit at the table and put them all in the pot to heat up. Then we would add the hot dogs and he would mix it all up and there you have “Cowboy Food”. I know you could buy quick cook beanie weenies but I like using the beef hot dogs and also enjoyed the process with my son. Gave us a opportunity to spend the quality time together and he would talk and talk during this time and I will always cherish making cowboy food memories with him!

  2. Cassie

    I have made seaweed and octopus for my kids and they love it. Boil spaghetti and dye it green and toss with butter, salt/pepper and a bit of parmesan. Take a hot dog and slice half of it lengthwise into 6 sections keeping the other half in tact (I know an octopus has 8 legs but I haven’t been able to make 8 legs without breaking the hot dog). Place it in boiling water and the legs will spread out like an octopus. You can add mustard eyes for fun.

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