Tag Archives for " family "

28 Teach Your Kids How to Cook by Age

Teach Your Kids How to Cook by Age

Have you been wondering at what age your kids can start helping out in the kitchen?  What is appropriate and what isn’t for them to do?  I have put together a list of age appropriate tasks for kids in the kitchen.  This will help you teach your kid how to cook by age.

Teaching kids how to cook

See my girl?  She is 8. Little by little I’ve taught her basic kitchen skills. Sometimes, she assures me she doesn’t like “X” and I tell her that she still needs to help me make the recipe.

Bonus: she can read! She can slowly read the meal plan recipe and help me make our food.

Teaching Kids How To Cook

I believe that teaching our kids a new kitchen skill should not be done during bewitching hours. Instead, use the weekends and non rush-hour times. I’ve found that I’m more patient (and not as critical) when I’m more relaxed.

Here is a breakdown of some age appropriate kitchen tasks you can use when you are helping your kids cook!

Cooking Tasks for 2-3 Year Olds

At this age, kids need high supervision. Focus on basic tasks and they’ll do just fine. Toddlers can get involved in the kitchen with the following activities:

  • Setting the table
  • Squeezing lemons
  • Learning to match the silverware as you empty the dishwasher
  • Using the salad spinner
  • Picking the leaves off fresh herb stems
  • Gentle stirring
  • Mashing potatoes

Cooking Tasks for 4-5 Year Olds

Motor skills are more defined and they can focus better. This is a frustrating age for many parents because many kids will be doing the 2-3 age group while others the 6-7 -it depends how involved and interested they’ve been.

Work with your child to figure out what they are most interested in doing from each list and focus on things they can accomplish on their own, with minimal intervention from mom and dad. This is a great age to focus on independence while still doing many of the same tasks they were doing in the kitchen the year before.

  • Stirring independently
  • Setting the table
  • Putting away pots and pans from the dishwasher or drying rack
  • Greasing pans (with help)

Cooking Tasks for 6-7 Year Olds

Fine motor skills are developed so they can take on more detailed work, like using measuring spoons and forming meatballs or nuggets. They still need a lot of guidance and reminders of where to keep their fingers during grating and peeling.

Some of the things you can teach them to do at this age are:

  • Dicing and mincing vegetables (use a pairing knife and start with soft foods like strawberries)
  • Peeling raw potatoes with a peeler
  • Slicing and scooping avocados
  • Greasing pans
  • Using a microplane zester
  • Draining and rinsing canned beans
  • Pouring liquids into containers
  • Decorating dishes

Cooking Tasks for 8-9 Year Olds

This is my favorite age group. They can read! They can take on every task prior to this age group and teach new things based on their interest. You’ll have to decide if they are mature enough to work at the stove; but you can start with easy toaster oven type of recipes if not.

This age group can learn to do the following tasks in the kitchen:

  • Using a pizza cutter can opener
  • Scooping batter into muffin cups
  • Scraping down the batter
  • Using the stand mixer
  • Putting away leftovers
  • Rinsing dishes and loading the dishwasher
  • Pounding chicken
  • Skewering food
  • Make sandwiches and wraps
  • Chopping most foods (nothing much bigger than a paring knife or small serrated knife)

Kitchen Tasks for 10-12 Year Olds

This age group can usually work independently in the kitchen. Make sure they have learned basic kitchen skills and moved on up on skill level before they are left to make meals (even under supervision).

Rules still apply (and often need reminding) like use mittens and wash hands after touching chicken. Kids this age can even do basic stove tasks like scrambling eggs and flipping pancakes.

How To Teach Your Kids To Cook

One of the questions I’m often asked: what if I haven’t taught my kids kitchen basics in each age group? Don’t stress.

My suggestion is that regardless of when you start; teach with patience and be careful to not talk down to your kids when they are doing it wrong (I’m guilty of this). Talking “down” can be as simple as “let me show you” and… “hurry, let me take over” or as simple as our tone.

If you aren’t “feeling it” then skip the teaching moment. We can do it quicker and avoid any hurt feelings -trust me.

If you’ve got teenagers in the house they can make nearly all the recipes in our meal plans. Win-win.

I want to encourage you to teach your kids one skill each month. Just one.

Cooking along side our kids is a great opportunity to talk about life. It gives us the opportunity to connect and teach our kids about the things we find important (like our food and health).

Recipes For Kids To Cook By Themselves

You know, I love a simple meal, so most of the recipes you’ll find here on MOMables will be simple enough to get the kids involved.

One of the biggest perks of teaching kids to cook is that it encourages them to try whatever is on the table. This can be a great strategy to help your children be more adventurous with the food items they are willing to eat.

I’m so excited to share this fantastic resource from my friend Katie.

Katie has a passion for helping kids learn how to cook real food in the kitchen! Not only that, but she gives you the information to use at home in little bite-size pieces!

Starting with this snack book. It has 10 of the best kid-friendly snack recipes in it, that will help your kids learn to start helping in the kitchen.

Remember how I said I like to start on the weekends? Using this (FREE!) cookbook of kids snacks is the perfect way to do just that!

Grab your free download of 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make here, and you can start teaching your kids to cook this weekend!

I love everything about this! Not only is my friend Katie empowering kids in the kitchen, but she’s using whole foods and introducing families to healthier meal options they can all enjoy together.

If you are looking for more? Be sure to check out my Broccoli Nuggets Recipe below. This is one that the kids absolutely LOVE to help with. From measuring ingredients and scooping them into place, there are a lot of hands-on tasks kids can do, and it’s even a recipe that will get a few extra veggies on their plate!

 

Broccoli Nuggets Recipe

these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

The combination of broccoli and cheddar in these Broccoli Nuggets are sure to make them a favorite with kids!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Do your kids help out in the kitchen? I’d love to hear your best tips for teaching kids how to cook in the comments below!

How to Eat Healthy in Disney World {podcast}

Wondering how to eat healthy at Disney World with your family? In today’s podcast, I share the details about our recent trip to Disney World and how we managed to eat healthy and fresh meals all week!

You’ll learn the places to eat in each park, tips to making the most out of your meal plan, accommodating for food allergies, and our favorite treats.

Listen on iTunes & Stitcher

how to eat healthy at disney world
Continue reading

8 Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they’ll never be bored.

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

Ah, summer. It’s such a fun time of year because the weather is nice, and there’s so much time to spend with your kids and family. We love getting outdoors, staying active, and enjoying each other’s company while we can!

Sometimes it can be hard to keep the kids entertained, though. Long days with nothing to do can get boring really quickly, so I always like to give my kids activities to do to keep their creativity flowing even while school is out.

I love all of these summer crafts for making with the kids; it’s great bonding time to create something together! They’ll have so much fun painting and making slime with their brothers & sisters or friends that they’ll never be bored during the summer again!

1. Edible Kool-Aid Slime

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

2. Paper Plate Star Wreath 

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

3. Squirt Gun Painting

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

4. Colorful Pour Pots

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

5. Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

6. 4th of July Fireworks Painting

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

7. Egg Carton Turtles

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

8. DIY Sidewalk Foam Paint

Keep your kids entertained this summer with these 8 fun summer crafts for kids! From paper crafts to squirt guns, they'll never be bored.

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

8 Fun Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother’s Day Crafts! You’ll have something special your kids made just for you.

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

Mother’s Day is such a special holiday! A day all for the moms. Breakfast in bed, relaxing, spending time with my family…it really is the perfect day.

Do you have any special Mother’s Day traditions? Every year my kids (with the help of my awesome husband!) make our favorite pancake recipe and top it with lots of lovely fresh fruit. And of course, they bring me my beloved cup of coffee. They know me so well. ;)

My kids love making crafts, and I love that they get to express their creativity. These 8 Mother’s Day craft would be perfect for kids of any age to make for their special moms. Dads, I hope you’re reading this right now to get some ideas!

1. Handprint Mason Jar Vase from Christina’s Adventures

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

2. Cupcake Liner Flower Card from I Heart Crafty Things

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

3. DIY Floral Herb Perfume from Hello, Wonderful

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

4. Egg Carton Flower Art from Mod Podge Rocks

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

5. Love You Bunches Thumbprint Card from Crafty Morning

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

6. Rainbow Pour Pots from Edventures with Kids

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

7. Hand-Shaped Ring Dish from Mama Papa Bubba

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

8. Fingerprint Flower Card from Crafty Morning

You will definitely feel the love when your kids make you one of these 8 fun Mother's Day Crafts! You'll have something special your kids made just for you.

10 Christmas Activities for Kids

Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

The holidays are a special time when we get to visit with family and friends and spend more time with our kids while they’re out of school. I always love when we have extra time to do fun activities with the family, especially around Christmas time.

But sometimes, whether you’re busy preparing Christmas dinner or getting work done, you need your kids to stay occupied for a little bit. That’s where these activities come in! They’re hands-on and perfect for all ages. We’ve given you some ideas for DIY snacks, crafts, and treat bags, so let your kids’ creativity run wild!

Here at MOMables, we want to help your holiday season be the best in can be; the same thing goes for meal time year round! Grab a free week of lunches and dinners to make life a little easier.

We hope you enjoy these 10 Christmas activities for kids! We know your kids will definitely have fun with them.

1. Popcorn Santa Claus from Crafty Morning
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

2. Gingerbread House Party from Mommy Erica
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

3. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Treat Bag Toppers from Pretty Providence
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

4. Reindeer Gift Bag from Fiskars
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

5. Reindeer Food Bar from It’s A Mom’s World
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

6. Candy Cookie Cones from Coupon Clipping Cook
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

7.Candy Cane Reindeer from Mom Inspired Life
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

8. Grinch Fruit Kabobs
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

9. Christmas Cookie Decorating Station from Design Dining Diapers
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

10. Recycled Crayon Christmas Trees from East Coast Mommy
Do your kids get bored during the holiday break? Here's 10 fun Christmas activities for kids that will keep them busy while they use their creativity!

1 Christmas Week Survival Guide for the Kids

Christmas Break Activities for Kids and Survival Guide for Parents

Are the kids home for Christmas break and already bored?  If you find yourself out of ideas for them to do over their holiday break, keep reading.

Christmas Week Survival Guide for the Kids

 

I’ve put together a Christmas Break Activities for Kids and Survival Guide for Parents to help beat boredom and hopefully keep the sibling bickering to a minimum. It’s filled with activities and projects they will love and that even adults will find engaging.

Every year, I wish I had been more organized, browsed Pinterest longer for more things to do, and had more time to try new recipes. In the end, I always wish I had “old school” activities on hand that required no electronic devices and kept my children engaged for hours and helped build memories.

Here are 10 I’ll be trying this holiday season:

1. Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

Magic Reindeer food that the kids will love to make!

The kids will love making food for the reindeer that will be visiting their home. They can even make extra in goodie bags for their friends in the neighborhood to enjoy as well! This site has a free printable version as well!

2. Movie Night!

This Almost Joy Popcorn is perfect for a movie night with the kids!

You can’t go wrong with a night of some of the best Christmas movies, a bowl of popcorn, and a warm cup of hot cocoa! Here is a list of some of the most-loved holiday movies.

3. DIY Handprint Christmas Ornament

These ornaments are fun christmas craft and keepsake for the kids.

These Salt Dough Handprint Christmas Tree Ornaments are the perfect DIY project for the kids and a good keepsake. The kids will have tons of fun decorating their ornament.

4. Candy Cane Science Experiment

A fun experiment for the kids to do with candy canes and any other candy laying around the house.

Candy canes are very popular this time of year. This experiment is neat way for your kids to learn a little more about candy and not just eat it! Click here to see more.

5. Make Your Own Snow Globe

DIY Snow Globe for Kids: Such a cute idea for the kids to be able to customize their very own snow globe!

This DIY snow globe project is so cute! Your kids can make their snow globe into anything they want!

6. Play Christmas Minute to Win It

17-Quick-Minute-To-Win-It-Christmas-Games kids will love to play!

Minute To Win It is always a fun game. Click here for a list of fun Christmas games for the whole family!

7. Bake and Decorate Cookies

Gluten-Free-Sugar-Cookies

Baking is one of our favorite things to do this time of year, especially these gluten-free sugar cookies! It’s so fun for the kids to bake and then decorate their cookies!

8. Go on a Candy Cane Hunt

Candy cane scavenger hunt for kids. The perfect holiday game to keep them entertained!

Every kid loves a good scavenger hunt! This Candy Cane Hunt is a great way for the kids to play together. They can each take turns hiding candy canes throughout the house. It will also get them thinking and using math to decide who wins the hunt!

9. Christmas Bingo

play christmas bingo with the kids to keep them entertained this holiday season!

Christmas Bingo is fun for the whole family! This site has a super cute free printable version so that you and your family can play whenever you want.

10. Snowman Slam Game

Kids Games: Holiday Minute-to-win-iit! Games to keep kids entertained for hours!

This is not only a fun game for the kids, but it’s also super easy to make! Snowman Slam is a great game that will be keep the kids busy.

Here’s to fun times ahead with the kids!

2 Thanksgiving Week Survival Guide for the Kids

Are the kids home this week for their Thanksgiving break? Are you at a loss about what they will do all week? Don’t worry! I’ve created a “Thanksgiving Week Survival Guide.” This list includes 10 activities to do with your kids, including crafts, baking, and much more!

Thanksgiving Activity and Craft Ideas

I know that if you are not living in the U.S., you are not celebrating Thanksgiving this week. That’s okay! Consider this a freebie for your next holiday week or long weekend when you have the kids home. 

Activity #1
Turkey Hand-/Footprint Plate
My mom is hosting Thanksgiving this year, and grandparents LOVE this king of keepsake. Get the directions and materials here.DIY Thanksgiving Plate Keepsake

Activity #2
Scavenger Hunt.
I plan on doing this Thanksgiving–themed hunt after we eat Thanksgiving dinner but while we wait for dessert (have to let the food go down, right?

Thanksgiving Scavendar Hunt

Activity #3
Bake something together.
We are making these apple pie muffins. Do I have to sell you on the idea of apple pie flavors baked into a muffin? Get the recipe here.

Apple Pie Muffins

Activity #4
Bring out their inner scientists.
This “Sparkly Explosion” 
experiment is fun, and it lets the kids use their imagination while learning at the same time. Click here to learn how.

Sparkly Expolsion Science ExperimentActivity #5
Marshmallow Towers
Getting too loud around the house? This 
activity will keep them calm and prevent the familiar “I’m bored” phrase. Get the how-to here.

Build a Marshmallow TowerActivity #6
Make a “Thankful Tree.”
This is one activity we plan on doing as a family. Together, we can say all the things we are thankful for. Get the 
printables here

Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

Activity #7
Hip Waddle
When they need a break from video games or TV time,
this is one fun game that will get them moving and giggling. 

Indoor Activity Game - Hip WaddleActivity #8
Thanksgiving Minute-To-Win-It
Bring out their competitive side with this Thanksgiving edition of the popular game. Game-night reinvented! Get the game printables here.

Thanksgiving Minute To Win ItActivity #9
Thanksgiving Bingo
Are you gathering with a lot of the family? Make this one fun activity everyone will love to play!

Thanksgiving Bingo

Activity #10
Movie Night
We plan on catching up on movies we missed this week. My 
daughter made a long “watch list” on Netflix, and popcorn is in the plans. Make your own popcorn without the chemicals like this, and turn it into Almond Joy popcorn or White Chocolate Popcorn

White Chocolate Popcorn from MOMables

 

And there you have it, my friends. My activity list to hang out and do cool things with my kids.
Here’s to a wonderful week ahead to be spent with your family!

 

Tips for Building a Happier Home (Podcast)

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with all things parenthood, this podcast is for you. From delegating chores and responsibilities to finding work/life balance and rediscovering sex (gasp!), Meagan and I talk about tips for building a happier home and how to keep our emotional tanks full so we can focus on doing what matters.

Tips for Building a Happy Home Podcast | MOMables.com

Download Doing What Matters on iTunes & Stitcher

Meagan Francis is a mother of five and a blogger, writer, and expert on being a happier, more productive mom. Her blog, The Happiest Home, and her book: The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhoodhelp mothers find satisfaction in family and home life, while encouraging them to go after their own dreams too.

Meagan’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines and websites such as Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, The Huffington Post, and Babble.com. She also appears often in media outlets including the New York Times, Woman’s Day, and Fox & Friends.

Many moms experience a level of loneliness that surprises them. Laura explains that there are two types of loneliness and discusses how to reach out and get past them. She talks about the difference between seeking connection via blogs versus forums and private Facebook groups, and which might be better.

Moms need real-life friends, too. We’ve all read tips on going to the park or library storytime to make mom friends, but are those really the best places to do that? Does a misguided sense of nostalgia lead us to believe that we’ll form tight-knit, playgroup-based friendships, where all the moms will be friends for life? What if we don’t find that? What if that doesn’t fit with our personality? Meagan has some ideas for thinking outside the box when it comes to forming friendships.

Delegating chores and housework is important in the Francis household, but she says chore charts really aren’t her thing. Meagan tells us how she goes about it and why that works for her family. Moms often feel they don’t have time to get certain basic things done, such as taking a shower or getting enough sleep. Meagan has advice for how to choose what things really need to be a priority and how that might be different for each person.

Speaking of priorities, does it feel like everyone else is swinging from the chandeliers and “doing it” except for you and your sweetie? We dig a little deeper to find out what’s really going on.

What does it mean to have work/life balance or mommy guilt? Meagan tells us what those phrases mean to her and how she does what she calls “riding out the cycles of life.” Meagan describes what it means to “aim low and go slow” in our lives. She explains how compromise doesn’t have to be a dirty word.

Finally, Meagan gives us her best advice for having a happier home and what that means to her.

Note: I was also a guest on Meagan’s podcast: The Home Hour. To hear us talk about all things school lunch, click here

Links to items discussed during this show:

  • Referenced articles from Meagan’s Blog:
    • 7 Myths About Being a Good School Mom
    • How to Have Sex after Kids
    • “Aim Low and Go Slow” Concept
  • Meagan’s Podcast: Home Hour
  • If you are ready to focus a little time and energy on yourself, check out Meagan’s Beyond Baby Book and Boot Camp.

Did you enjoy the show? Please leave a review on iTunes! E-mail me at podcast@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.

×
MENU