I can remember the fondest memories of my childhood was helping my mom cook. She is a natural with children so it never seemed to stress her out like it does me. My daughter is now starting to have an interest in the kitchen, and I just get so stressed out by the idea that I never used to let her help for the longest time. And then it donned on me. Whats wrong with me? So I started to teach her simple things to make at first. This is my list of the top recipes that I think are super simple for kids to learn and do themselves.

Banana Bread:

  • 2-3 Smashed Bananas
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Melted Butter

Preheat oven to 350. Smash Bananas and add butter followed by the rest of the ingredients. Kids love adding all the ingredients to the mixer, or if you don’t have a mixer, you can put them on stirring duty. Once everything is mixed, put it in a buttered loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Kool Aide

  • 1 Packet Kool Aide
  • 1 cup Sugar

This one is pretty self explanatory. But have the kids make their own Kool Aide! My daughter loves that she gets to make her own drink, and pick out whatever flavor she wants. And once they make the Kool Aide- They can go on and freeze them in a popcicle mold and make their own Popcicles. 2 recipes in one!

Mashed Potatoes

  • 4-5 Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Salt/Pepper

Ok so depending on the age is how much your child would be able to do. My daughter is 6, almost 7 and I am just now feeling comfortable enough to let her use the veggie peeler to peel the potatoes. The great thing with this is that I would show her what I add to mashed potatoes and then ask her what she thinks we should add, and depending on what it is, let them add it! My daughter added garlic and onion powder, as well as some parsley flakes the first time I let her pick out the seasonings. It actually wound up tasting rather delicious.

Sandwiches

This one there is no set recipe for, but its the perfect recipe to get your children started. Something as simple as a plain ham and cheese sandwich is a great starter. Plus, your child getting to make their own sandwich may be a great way to get them to try those pesky veggies.

Encourage your children to help you in the kitchen, with these simple dishes they will learn the very basics of cooking, they will learn how to measure and what a fraction is (I.E. ¾ cup). Not only is it a new learning experience for them, but you will be creating memories to last a lifetime. Memories that your children will go on to tell their children.