Kids like to help in the kitchen. Kids enjoy cooking. I have two girls and they have always enjoyed being in the kitchen with me. I think one of my favorite recipes for kids is Dump Cake. This is literally a cake where you dump everything into the baking dish and then bake. This is a recipe that young kids can do the dumping and older kids can choose the ingredients. Older kids can also create frostings to be added to this cake.
20 ounces crushed pineapple
16 ounces cherry pie filling
1 package yellow cake mix, dry
1 1/2 sticks butter, sliced
Dump all ingredients into baking pan and bake at 350 F until brown, approximately 1 hour.
You can substitute anything in this reciped. For example try other pie filling flavors. You can even use a chocolate cake with the cherry pie filling. That is one of my personal favorites.
Try adding some chocolate chips, nuts or coconut to the batter.
Another of my favorite kid recipes is trail mix. This is actually a great snack and can be packed in lunches. Buy a bag of nuts, a box of Chex cereal, a bag of chocolate chips, a bag of pretzels, a bag of raisins and any other goodies you want in the trail mix and then get out the snack size Ziplocs. The kids each get to choose what they want in their trail mix. When they make it, they love the joy of eating their own creations.
Have you ever had a waffle sandwich? Buy some frozen waffles. Let the kids toast the waffles and then spread peanut butter and jelly on them. You can also let the kids cut up bananas and add them. The kids love this breakfast sandwich that they can make all by themselves. If you have egg salad, you can add that to the top of a waffle also.
Do your kids like burritos and tacos? Let them make their own burritos. Set out containers of tomatoes, cheese, olives, chopped chicken and anything else you might have in the fridge. Give the kids tortillas or taco shells and let them add the ingredients they like and then wrap and eat.
My final child friendly idea is kabobs. Kids love to make their own kabobs. Chop up some apples, pineapple or melons. Cut some cheese squares and let the kids make their own fruit and cheese kabobs. Use a yellow cheese and a white cheese. Use a red melon and an orange melon. This lets the kids make colorful and delightful kabobs that they’ll enjoy both making and eating.