One of the best life lessons you can teach your kids is how to make their own meals. Get them started in the kitchen young by having them measure out ingredients, mix things with their hands, roll up pigs in a blanket and burritos and pick their own toppings for their homemade pizzas and pinwheels. Most of these recipes take less than one hour to make and are fun ways to inspire a love of cooking.
Pigs in a blanket are one of the best party foods, and your kid can help assemble these bite-sized franks. Lay out the puff pastry and have your child roll the hot dog into its blanket. The end result, a dippable, savory dish, is as fun to eat as it is to make.
These marshmallow crescent puffs are just one of the many recipes that won the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Your child will love rolling marshmallows in the dough and drizzling on the glaze when the pastries come out of the oven.
Allowing your kids to create their own pizzas with their favorite toppings is an easy way to get them involved in the kitchen. These mini naan pizzas might not technically be as good as the pies at America's best pizza joints, but when your loved ones have a hand in making them, they taste fantastic.
Ants on a log easily ranks among the retro snacks you should bring back. This kid-friendly after-school snack is perfect for experimentation. Have your child spread cream cheese instead of peanut butter or top the celery with chocolate chips or dried cherries instead of raisins.
Measuring and mixing are simple lessons to teach children in the kitchen. This simple no-bake trail mix recipe will teach them both basics. Take this trail mix to go for a walk outdoors.
What can make cookies better? Ice cream. While this mini ice cream cookie cup dessert recipe has a few steps, your kids will have fun helping by pressing the cookie dough into muffin tins and dipping the cookie cups into chocolate and nuts.
A quick, customizable dish, this sourdough sharing bread is a great way to have your child learn how to experiment with flavors, one of the many cooking tips we learned from our parents in the kitchen. You can cut the loaf and have your kid add in their favorite cheeses, cooked meats and savory toppings like green onions.
You may not want your kid to help bake an entire pie, but if your little one loves peanut butter, these pie crust cluster bites are perfect for them. After you bake the pie dough, have your child stir all of the remaining ingredients together and form the clusters.
Spreading refried beans, guacamole and cheese is the perfect task for a child to do to make a seven-layer dip. If your kid doesn’t like tomatoes or black olives, swap those layers out for child-friendly ingredients like black beans. However, if they really love every ingredient in this, there are many other fantastic Tex-Mex recipes to try next.
These mini chicken pot pies use refrigerated biscuit dough, which your kid will love to press into a muffin tin. Top it off with some cheese, leftover chicken and broccoli, and you have a quick and easy dinner.
A delicious dish you can make almost entirely out of cans, these easy taco roll-ups are great for getting your kids involved in the kitchen without even turning on the stove.
Who said a recipe had to be something you eat? A great activity if you're spending more time at home with kids is crafting with them. Making this funny putty is a great way to do that, and it doubles as a fun science lesson.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids entertained while you work from home, make a batch of colorful playtime pasta with them during the evening. Then, during the day, they can make crafts like necklaces, art and even picture frames with their dyed noodles.
Making homemade play dough so your kid has something to play with teaches them the science behind this popular toy and allows them to be creative, making this one of the best indoor activities for kids stuck at home.
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