My kids love to “help” me cook. Audrey, my 5th grader, can actually help around the kitchen. Last summer, I taught her how to make tacos so there is one meal that she is able to make from start to finish without help. I really need to teach her some more dinners!
Georgia, my 2nd grader, and Sydney, my 5-year-old, both love to help as well, but their assistance is less helpful. They are always up for making a nice batch of chocolate chip cookies or blueberry muffins.
Even little Joel, who is almost two, loves to help cook. Yesterday while his sisters were at school, I decided to let him help me bake some oatmeal cookies. He had so much fun dumping the ingredients in the bowl and standing waaaay back from the oven when I opened it. “Hot! Hooooot!”
Although cooking is one of my children’s favorite things to do with me, I often just try to get it done as quickly as I can. The one meal that I always let them help with is homemade pizza. We have homemade pizza about every other week. I make two big batches of pizza dough in my bread maker, and then I give each child a piece of foil and a ball of dough.
They roll out their dough, then start with the toppings. Audrey usually makes a deep-dish pizza with extra sauce and no cheese. Georgia likes to make her pizza with a smiley face made from pepperoni. Sydney likes hers with no sauce and extra cheese. And Joel loves the process of spreading the sauce around the dough with the back of a spoon.
They always eat a lot when they have made their own dinner! And then Rich and I can have our pizza the way we like it, too. I like mine with pineapple!
Do your kids like to help you cook? What do you make with them?