Get in the kitchen this half-term and enjoy these these fun cooking recipes for kids. Whether they’re budding chefs or new to the kitchen, there are lots of activities that your little ones can help with, like pouring, kneading, measuring, mixing and much more! Get stuck in with our half-term lunch ideas, baking recipes and sweet treats.
Mixing, kneading and shaping bread are classic baking skills that kids can have fun with in the kitchen. This tear and share flower bread recipe is the perfect starting point for beginner bakers – they can get sticky fingers making the dough, then get creative with shaping the flower loaf before baking. We've got plenty more half-term baking ideas - take a look.
Usually a sweet treat, these savoury sweetcorn pancakes are a great way to get kids excited by their lunch or supper. With plenty of colourful ingredients, you can get the little ones to help whizz up the batter and dollop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan.
If you’re planning a day-trip or family outing, why not let the kids help make their own packed lunches to keep them going through the day. As with these turkey sandwich stars, they can help add their favourite fillings to sandwiches then stamp out fun shapes with cookie cutters.
When the afternoon munchies hit, these pizza pinwheels are the perfect snack to keep rumbling tummies happy. What’s more, they’ll also keep the kids busy for 30 mins while they make a simple pastry and roll it up with tasty pizza fillings.
With days filled with fun activities, a quick and easy dinner that the whole family can enjoy is a must. These paprika beef taco cups are perfect for sharing as everyone can assemble their own dish at the table. Kids will have fun shaping the tortilla muffin cups, plus older children can help with grating and chopping ingredients for the toppings.
Kids will have fun helping to assemble these cute animal-shaped pizzas, and you'll love the fact that they're healthy too. Once you’ve prepared the muffins and tomato sauce, let the kids decorate their own mini pizzas. They can choose from an owl, cat, rabbit or dog – or create their own characters!
For a sweet treat with a difference, have a go at this stunning raspberry heart loaf cake. A great baking project to fill a morning or rainy afternoon, once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, you and the kids could try being inventive with different shapes and colours to create your own surprise pattern inside. For even more inspiration see our easy recipes for kids.
Adults should carry out any steps using sharp knives. Start kids off using small serrated knives, and always supervise them when chopping or grating. Make sure they stop grating before they reach the end of the ingredient. Show them how to turn the hob and oven on and off, and point out any hazards. An adult should take things in and out of the oven, but children can use the hob with your direction. Remind kids to wash their hands before and after cooking, and in between tasks, especially if handling raw meat or egg. Establish good habits early and get their help clearing up, too!
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