Cooking can be a fabulous way to spend time with your kids, practice some life skills, and learn all at the same time. Cooking with kindergartners can be especially fun if you make it enjoyable. My 5-year-old loves to spend time in the kitchen and is always wanting to help! As a busy parent of a kindergartner, it can be difficult to find recipes that are appropriate for the age group. Of course you can always teach them to make a simple PB&J but where is the fun in that?
Miss O took a cooking class after school for a few weeks and I was disappointed that cooking wasn’t really an accurate name for the class. It was more like mixing class. That’s fine, but she had been helping me with simple cooking tasks, like pushing the scrambled eggs around in the pan, for a while.
The other problem is that so many recipes designed for kids are not very healthy. When I was searching I found lots of cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats, but not too many every day foods. If I want Miss O to really benefit from cooking, I want her to get started making real food, right away.
I went on a pretty exhaustive search and found these 15 awesome, kid-friendly recipes that cover everything from breakfast to snacks to dinner. Hopefully this list will give you a few ideas that you can work off to help your Kindergartner learn to love cooking at such a young age.
Ginger Cinnamon Crockpot Applesauce
These simple, but delicious recipes can make time in the kitchen fun and educational. Have you tried any of these recipes with your kids? Share a picture of you and your little one on our new Facebook Page! We would love to hear from you, let us know what other easy-to-make and fun recipes you have tried with your Kindergartner.