All Fun: Kids Can Cook

Kids can help out their grown-ups in the kitchen, but they can also make wonderful dishes all by themselves—or with just a little help. Take Mollie Katzen's Number Salad from her kid-friendly cookbook, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes. It's delicious, nutritious, and a fun way to practice numbers. Here's how to make it:

Put into a bowl:

1 handful of coconut
2 tablespoons of O.J. concentrate
3 pieces of orange
4 slices of apple
5 cubes of cheese
6 slices of banana
7 pieces of melon
8 grapes
...and stir 9 times.

This recipe, complete with friendly, hand-drawn pictures and useful hints, can be found online here.  Children may also enjoy Mollie Katzen's Honest Pretzels and 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook and Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up.

Once kids get started in the kitchen, there are so many recipes to try. Cooking, besides being good for reinforcing math concepts and teaching cooperation, is a fun and tasty way to connect with the past and other cultures around the world. Your library has many cookbooks for kids. Here are some of our favorites

Four Seasons of Food Fun
These kid-friendly recipes use fresh, seasonal produce that can be found at local farms or local farmers' markets.Kid cooking

Super Healthy Kids: Apple Recipes
Everything from ice pops to muffins to chips gets a sweet, healthy kick from apples, a fall and winter favorite.

Super Healthy Kids: Pumpkin Recipes
Are you an everything-pumpkin person? Make healthier, kid-friendly treats, including Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cake, or some Super Crunchy Pumpkin Spice Seeds.

Super Healthy Kids: Strawberry Recipes
Pick your own or pick up some strawberries in season to have plenty for breakfast smoothies, fresh fruit spring rolls, homemade fruit leather, and more.

Super Healthy Kids: Watermelon Recipes
Hot summer days are the perfect time for sweet, cool watermelon. Try Easy Watermelon Sorbet (with no added sugar), Watermelon Mint Lemonade, and Watermelon Star Pops for the 4th of July.