The focus of today’s Slow Down and Share Sunday is to get your child/children excited to be more involved in the kitchen. Below we have provided a quote and some basic talking points your family could use to discuss this subject.
For a printable version of this quote, please click here: Sunday Quote 5
- Question your child/children about their favorite foods. Ask if they would like to try recipes to make these items themselves (i.e. pizza, spaghetti, chicken nuggets etc.) or if they would like to try recipes based on their favorites (i.e. if they say they love strawberries, try a pie or muffins; if they say chocolate, try cookies or pudding, etc).
- Pull out your cookbooks, go onto the web or take a trip to the library together with the intention of letting them browse recipes and see what inspires them. Hand them some sticky notes and ask them to mark things they have an interest in making for the family.
- Once they have a few recipes selected, take out your calendar and pick a night or two when they can make dinner for your family. Be sure to let them know how much you are looking forward to having some help with the meal preparation.
- Have them select a basic cookie or muffin recipe and talk about who it would be fun to bake for. I have found that when you provide people like grandparents, neighbors, teachers or coaches with treats they respond with very excited and grateful reaction kids really enjoy :).
- Another fun idea is to ask kids to find a recipe that uses a certain ingredient you could pick up locally. For example, we planned a trip to the local berry farm and picked raspberries. My boys then used them to bake a raspberry pie and raspberry cheesecake bars. You could do this same type of thing with items available at your local farmers market or you could simply select an item that is on sale at the grocery store.