National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day: Tips and Recipes to Get You and Your Kids Cooking Together

posted: 09/13/16
by: Amanda Mushro

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Carlo and Marco Valastro make baked donuts for their siblings. Watch and follow along with this simple recipe that you can make at home!

Since today is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day, I am relinquishing my mealtime duties to my children, and will simply wait at the dinner table so I can enjoy their efforts in the kitchen. You know, now that I'm thinking about this more, this might not be the best idea since I would really like to have a kitchen and children after this holiday. So rather than letting them have full reign over dinner, let's talk about cooking with our kids with tips to encourage them and easy and yummy recipes they will love making.


Slow Down- We know that everything takes a lot longer when you're dealing with kids, and letting them play chef in your kitchen is no exception. If a recipe should take 15-20 minutes, plan for extra time so you aren't rushed and everyone isn't waiting too long for dinner.

Really Let Them Cook- Of course we need to make sure young kids aren't handling sharp knives or the hot oven, but really let your kids get their hands dirty and not just stir ingredients in a bowl. Let them crack eggs (just be ready to scoop out shells), pour and measure out ingredients, and chop or cut when age appropriate.

Be Ready for the Mess- Your kitchen will probably get messy and your kids will probably be even messier. So expect the mess, don't get angry about it, and teach your kids to clean as they cook.

Teach them How to Read a Recipe- From ingredients, prep work, to putting it all together, talk to your kids about the recipe so they know what step is coming up and how all of the steps come together to make the meal.

Encourage Taste Tests- Any great chef will tell you that you need to taste your food as you are eating it. So encourage them to take small bites and tastes as they put together their meal

Teach Proper Food Hygiene- You know the drill: wash your hands before you cook, after you touch raw meat wash your hands, and if you use a spoon or fork to taste test the food, don't put it back into the pot.


How about a fun twist on a family favorite? These pizza sliders are a great way for kids to get cooking in the kitchen.

Via Sugar, Spice & Glitter

This potato chip chicken is a great recipe for your tiny chefs.

Via My Life and Kids

And for dessert, an apple dumpling recipe for your young baker.

Via Sugar Aunts