It’s no secret that kids can be picky eaters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the kitchen. Not only does teaching kids how to cook give them skills they’ll need for life, but it also encourages them to try new foods. Here’s how to make mealtime entertaining for everyone.
Squeeze it Up
Kids love sauces for their meals and it’s really fun to put them into squirt bottles and write messages or draw pictures on your child’s plate. Use ketchup, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, or anything else that your child likes. You’re sure to see some smiles.
Turn of Devices
Mealtime can be an enjoyable way to catch up, but you’ve got to keep the phones, tablets, and television turned off. This enables you to focus on one another and not get distracted by your notifications or the sitcom playing in the background. Instead, talk about the fun parts of your day, tell jokes, or update each other on what’s coming tomorrow. This is great for families of all ages.
Kids love to get in the kitchen and have a hand in preparing meals. It might be messy, and it might take a bit longer, but letting your kids help out is a great bonding experience and will turn mealtime into something they look forward to. Even little hands can wash vegetables and stir batter.
Have Breakfast for Dinner
Or snacks for breakfast…mixing things up is hilarious for little kids and fun for older ones too. Serve pancakes at dinnertime or popcorn, crackers and chips and dip for breakfast. This break from the routine is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.