Play with your food

01 July 2015

We get it—bringing kids into the kitchen can be a messy and exhausting affair. But it is possible to get them involved in the cooking process without going nuts. Just keep it entertaining (for them) and super simple (that’s for you).

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Breakfast with critters

Mice at the dining table? That’s new. But if it gets kiddos eating a healthy breakfast, we’re on board. Roll out some paper, grab a few markers and let them get creative (and busy).

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More than muffins

Put a trusty muffin tin to work as a snack tray, complete with built-in bowls for different veggies and dips—a really smart way to get kids sampling new snacks! (You’re welcome!)

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A monster of a burger

Take a hands-on approach to getting the kids involved with making their own plates. Each of these burger toppings is a different part of the monster (think fangs made from cheese slices and tomato slice tongues), so a complete monster means a complete meal.