Thursday, October 25, 2012

Making cooking fun for children

This is a sponsored post for Anchor, not written by myself.  I hope you will enjoy these great tips on how to get your kids to enjoy cooking! 

One of the best ways to ensure kids get a healthy, balanced diet is getting them involved with cooking their own meals! Starting with even the tiniest pair of hands, there are dozens of ways to get kids active in the kitchen and teaching them to cook great tasting food from scratch. Most of the time all you need are basic ingredients - flour, butter, eggs and Anchor butter - and a few extras, and you have a nutritious, filling meal for the whole family in the time it takes to order a takeaway.

A simple dinner the kids can help with is a family favourite - pepperoni pizza. Bases are easy to make, and what kid doesn't like getting covered in flour and kneading dough? The artist inside them can go wild with the toppings - why not add peppers and a bit of colour? Check the recipe on the Anchor Dairy website and see just how fast this supper can be, and check out the other kids' cooking recipes such as homemade fish fingers and easy spaghetti bolognese. There's even a section for dippy eggs and soldiers - spread the toast soldiers with Anchor butter for a filling breakfast.

Your kids will get even more enthusiastic about baking treats for themselves. From banana bread for an any-time treat, to flapjacks for packed lunches, to Victoria jam sponges for elevenses at weekends, the possibilities are endless! The kids recipe section has lots of simple and cheap recipes for parents and kids to bake and enjoy together.

As an activity for everyone, bake a batch of fairy cakes and leave to cool. Set out different decorations - chocolate icing, strawberry icing, sprinkles, berries, banana chips, sweets and anything else you have to hand, and let each member of the family decorate their own personal cupcake! This is also good when the kids' friends visit - maybe let them decorate an extra one to take home.

The earlier kids learn to cook, the more they will enjoy it and the more skilled and creative they will get. Try Anchor's fun recipes for kids and get your little ones cooking up a storm! 

4 comments:

  1. We love cooking together! Sometimes, though, they are so enthusiastic that I have such a big mess! Oh well. Mine even like dumping all the stuff into the crockpot for me! It helps mine see that no matter how it comes out looking, they know what went in it, and that they like all those things. So they try more foods. Which I need. Because I don't think I could handle a picky eater.

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  2. Oh how fun it seems! I dont let my 6 yo cook with me even though i probably should. Im just abit of an impatient person, i just want to do it and finish it quick without the hassle of kids :( its a good idea though and i should try that. Anyway im following u from the blog hop! I would really appreciate if you could return the favor at www.makemeupmandy.com i have a giveaway coming up soon too just so u know :) xx

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  3. Hi! I'm a new RSS follower from the Friendly Friday blog hop! I would love to have you stop by and join up with me as well!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  4. New GFC and Pinterest follower from the Friendly Friday blog hop! Fun blog, thanks for hosting.
    Erin
    http://travelingkidsonthego.blogspot.com/

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