Thanks so much for having me, Jenny!
Today, what I would like to do is share with you some tips for cooking with small children. I have four little ones, ages 6, 5, 3 and 20 months old and (believe it or not) I absolutely love to cook with them.
But, with that being said we have come a long way from the beginning of our cooking experiences together. Even though we still have the occasional cooking disaster, we’ve learned from our mistakes.
I now have a few tricks up my sleeve that make cooking with the kids look a lot less like this:
Would you like to know what works for me?
Hooray, because it just so happens that I have a list for you!
5 Tips for Cooking with Kids:
Here’s another trick for you: when baking, lay down a towel flat across the counter. You can lay your mixing bowls, etc on top of the towel instead of directly on the counter. Once you finish mixing roll up the towel and toss it in the laundry. You’ll be amazed how this helps reduce the clean-up time.
Use simple recipes.
Simple baking recipes (like oatmeal cookies and banana bread) are the best to use with small children. Look for recipes that don’t require lots of separate bowls for mixing or don’t have to be mixed in a precise order.
Pretend you’re a kid again and just have fun!
I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but if you just let go and have fun, it will be! Kids live very much in the moment and if we try to do the same with a specific task like cooking, the process will be much more fun!
Bottom line: let go and have fun! Any spill can easily be cleaned up in a few minutes.