Here are some fun kitchen activities to keep your kids entertained and educated while we all practice social distancing.
Cooking with Kids
As always, make sure you supervise children in the kitchen! Here are some fun activities that use common household items that you most likely have on hand. Learning to cook is a great life skill that children can start learning at any age!
- Kids get a sensory experience while kneading dough and then get to try a delicious loaf of homemade bread with this Bread in a Bag activity.
- Kids will love getting a chance to personalize their own pancake muffins with this fun activity.
- Make and decorate these colorful small-batch confetti cupcakes. Who doesn’t love decorating cupcakes? Bonus, this recipe only makes four so you won’t be overloaded with cupcakes.
- Search through cookbooks or recipes on Pinterest with your kids and have them pick a recipe to help cook for dinner based on the ingredients that you have at home. Get them interested in the cooking process and have them help you measure ingredients to incorporate math skills!
- Make popsicles using juice or coconut milk and other ingredients you may have around the house. Here are some recipes for coconut lime popsicles, blueberry yogurt popsicles, or these fruit and veggie popsicles!
- Include everyone in the process! Make mealtimes enjoyable by giving everyone a job during the cooking process.
- Have fun with pie crust! Make this chicken pot pie, or these breakfast pastries. Let kids get creative with their pie crust designs!
STEM and Literacy Activities
Who doesn’t love a science experiment? These activities also use items that you probably already have at the house and provide and educational and entertaining experience for kids. I’ve also added a few literacy related activities at the end of the list to support reading and writing skills.
- Learn about different densities and why water and oil don’t mix with this fun Fireworks in a Jar experiment! Scroll around this website for all sorts of fun experiments for kids, it is a great resource!
- Learn about predators and prey with this Candy Camouflage game.
- Utilize your chemistry skills and make these egg geodes (if you happen to have borax at home).
- Another fun activity – have an engineering challenge during snack time!
- Learn how solar ovens work by reusing a pizza box to make your own solar oven.
- Here’s a great activity to practice fractions using measuring cups and water.
- Have your kids read recipes aloud to you while cooking a recipe to practice their reading skills.
- Create a cookbook with recipes that your kids have made or helped make. Let your child record a recipe and then draw a picture of the dish. You can also take photos of your child cooking the meal and add these to the cookbook as well. Check out these $2 printable cookbooks.