Cooking with children is a fun part of Kinder Castle Nursery's syllabus...
30 July 2019| Last updated on 4 August 2019
Keeping the children busy during the summer can be difficult, so why not encourage them to help in the kitchen?
Bake a cake, make lunch or even make dinner for the whole family. Cooking with children has many benefits, It helps to build the child’s confidence, gives them a sense of pride, helps them learn to follow instructions, helps develop the understanding that to get a final product sometimes you have to complete a number of small tasks first, mathematically it supports counting, measuring, weight and space and it is quality time spent between a parent and a child.
The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children but with the right supervision and precautions taken it can be an enjoyable place for you to spend some time together and watch your little one become a culinary master.
The key to cooking or baking with children is preparation.
Having everything you need around you so that you don’t move away from the child and the activity.
When baking, to help make the process easier have everything measured out before you start and put into bowls that the child can lift so that your little ones can add each ingredient into the mixing bowl or mixer themselves. Have an adult whisk and a child’s whisk so that you can take turns to mix the batter.
Cooking can be a difficult thing to include small children in however children love to help, so encourage them to help you get the ingredients out of the cupboard or fridge and then put the vegetables in the empty pans once they have been chopped by an adult. A bottle of water or two can help them add water easily without a big mess. Let them mix the water and vegetables before helping you carry it to the cooker. They can even help with the clean up by putting things into the bin.
Following simple steps and recipes can be great fun for children also.
Talk the child through what they have to do and then support them in each step. Once the food that the child has created comes out of the oven or fridge the children get so excited and have a huge sense of pride when people enjoy their creation.
There are many simple recipes that children even as young as 18 months old can help with. One of Kinder Castle Nursery’s favourite recipes is the Healthy No-Bake Mini Lemon Cheesecake. It is fun to make, smells delicious and all age groups can get involved.
So this summer encourage your child to be in the kitchen more but make sure you talk to them about how to be safe whilst in there. Remember with the correct precautions the kitchen can be a magical place to spend time with your children.
Simple & Healthy No-Bake Mini Lemon Cheesecakes
For the base:
- 8 digestive biscuits
- 1 stick of butter (melted)
For the cheesecake filling:
- 200g cream cheese
- 5 tbsp of nonfat Greek yoghurt
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 2 tsp Lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases
- 2. To make the crust: crush the biscuits to create crumbs and mix into the melted butter. Stir well to combine
- 3. Add 2 teaspoons of crumb mixture into a muffin case and press down firmly to make sure it is packed in. using a small glass can help. Put the pan into the freezer to set.
- 4. To make the cheesecake filling: mix all of the ingredients together using a whisk or hand mixer until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
- 5. Remove the pan from the freezer and add around 1 tbsp of the filling mixture to each base.
- 6. Add toppings such as fruit at this stage.
- 7. Cover the pan and return to the freezer for at least 20-30 minutes to completely set.