8 Easy Dinner Recipes Kids Can Make
Some of my very favorite moments have been time spent in the kitchen with my children.
From when my oldest daughter would sit on the kitchen counter and hand me the items to make a stew while her baby sister to a nap, to when all three kids had some friends come over and we all decorated Christmas cookies to when I taught my son how to make his favorite meal of Reuben sandwich … there’s just something about making food with my gang that bring me a lot of joy.
If you want to make a meal that you kids can easily help you with (or perhaps even have them make themselves), here are 8 easy dinner recipes the entire family will love.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why is it important to teach kids how to cook?
- 2 What age should a child start cooking?
- 3 Easy Dinner Recipes Kids Can Make
- 4 Cookbooks for Kids Who Like to Cook
Why is it important to teach kids how to cook?
Getting your kids into the kitchen has a lot more benefits than just giving you an extra set of hands.
- Cooking gives kids confidence.
- It’s an real-life way for them to learn math, vocabulary, and nutrition.
- Cooking is an important life skill.
- Making a meal themselves gives them more appreciation when someone else (like you) cooks for them.
What age should a child start cooking?
Kids can start doing something in the kitchen at around the age of two, or even a little earlier.
Here are a few things kids can help with in the kitchen depending on their age:
- Under age 3
- Stir room temperature ingredients
- Wash vegetables
- Squeeze lemons
- Set the table
- Age 3-6
- Cut soft foods like butter and fruit with a blunt knife
- Use measuring cups and spoons
- Drain and rinse canned beans
- Spread icing or sauce
- Ages 7-11
- Pound chicken
- Open cans
- Peel potatoes
- Make a salad
- Use a blender
- Make sandwiches and wraps
- Egg-tastic Power Packs with Salsa and Cheddar Cheese
- Holiday Celebration Cupcakes topped with fresh fruit or candy
- MVP Mac n Cheese with Turkey and Vegetables
- Honey-Lime Ramen Salad
- Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs
Once kids get to be about 12 or 13 years old (especially if you’ve been training them over the years), they can probably do almost everything in the kitchen with minimal supervision.
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Cookbooks for Kids Who Like to Cook
Here are two of the most popular kids’ cookbooks out there.
If you click here or on either image below and then scroll down, you’ll get a full sample recipe — including a color photo — for: