Kids love to get involved and the kitchen is a great place to spark creativity and get stuck in, especially on those wet, rainy days.
Whether it’s making savoury snacks or sweet treats, cooking is a great activity – and there’s no beating a bit of good old-fashioned baking… just be prepared to see more mix on the floor than in the bowl!
Check out Wilko’s top ideas for getting creative in the kitchen…
What do they love to eat?
If your kids have favourite meals or snacks, teaching them how to make them from scratch can be a great way of increasing their understanding of the importance of healthy eating.
If you’ve got a vegetable patch it’s probably a bit too soon to harvest anything, but get the kids to help you with this in the summer to make them think about where food comes from. Springtime is ideal for sowing carrots, beetroot, peas, broccoli, salad crops and much more.
Courgettes, squashes and tomatoes can now be sown in a greenhouse or propagator, and potatoes can be planted outside or in potato grow bags. Get them to help out and watch them get hooked as the veg starts to grow.
Make food fun
The quickest and easiest way to make food fun is by creating funny faced pizzas. You could start from scratch or pick up a base from your local supermarket, or just buy a plain cheese and tomato pizza.
Use their favourite toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms or chicken to make features such as eyes, a nose and mouth. Not only will it be a load of fun to create, it’ll be even tastier to eat afterwards!
The best thing about baking gingerbread treats is the decorating! It’s nice and easy for kids – use writing icing, cake decorations, sweets… whatever takes your fancy.
Pick a theme
It can be fun to make dishes that the kids have never tried before – it could be as simple as a fruit salad filled with unusual fruits from around the world. For those lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere exotic this year, create a whole menu made up of dishes from that country… a sure bet to get everyone excited!
Lessons for life
Learning to cook is a great life lesson, especially for older kids who are becoming more and more independent. Pick a dish a day over the Easter break to teach them how to cook… by the time they’re fully grown and off to uni or moving out, you won’t have to worry about them going hungry!
Whatever you decide to make, check out Wilko’s fantastic range of kitchen equipment in-store at Pescod Square.