How to get the kids cooking

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The school half-term holidays come around so quickly after Christmas and it’s time to plan for potential rainy ‘Mum, I’m bored’ days again.

Little ones love to roll up their sleeves and get busy in the kitchen. Plus cooking with the kids is a great way to teach them new skills whilst having fun. You never know – breakfast in bed could be on the cards with the right training!

Transform kids’ staple dishes with some extra decorations to make lunches and dinners more interesting. All kids love chicken nuggets, so get them involved at mealtimes by making creative salad garnishes with cherry tomato and sesame ladybirds. This rice salad contains lots of childhood veggie favourites like peas and sweetcorn and is topped off with a smiley savoury clown face.

When I used to bake with Mum as a child, my favourite pastime was licking the spoon and bowl clean of cocoa or icing sugar. Half term is a great chance to try baking and invite friends around for teatime to test the results 

Simple iced cookies can be adapted to any superhero or animal shape and topped with rainbow-coloured icing.  

Cooking with smaller children? Try these chocolate and marshmallow squares for kitchen safety, as no hot hobs or ovens are required. Just allow the time for the cake mix to set in the fridge.

Happy holidays!


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