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7 fun food activities for kids that won’t make a (huge) mess

Making memories and curating smiles in the kitchen with your kids is something most parents look forward to, especially those with a passion for cooking and crafting. Everything seems to click when you discover fun food for kids. There is something so whimsical and carefree about creating, crafting, and experiencing new things together that help bond parents even more deeply with their children. Seeing their eyes light up when something amazing happens, or their pride at what they have created from their own minds is mesmerizing. But something that’s not so mesmerizing? How about an enormous mess in your kitchen after these food activities for kids? No one enjoys cleaning up an unruly kitchen after so much fun times, however, don’t let that deter you from fun food activities with your kids. We’ve put together an entertaining, enlightening, and educational list of seven food activities that will entice your little ones, without trashing your countertops.

DIY rock candy

If your kiddo has a super sweet tooth, — and happens to love science experiments — making your own candy in the kitchen could be the perfect way to get their hands “dirty”, while crafting their very own sweet treat. The bonus here being, it’s also an educational activity as well. Requiring three pieces of equipment from your pantry, and three ingredients to complete, this activity is perfect for kids of any age, though especially enjoyed among elementary and junior high grades. Want to add some flavor to your brew? Add a few drops of candy flavor additive, found at any grocery store or pharmacy, to tempt your children’s taste buds and tickle the scientific side at the same time.

Homemade ice cream

Is there anything better than a sweet and creamy treat on a sizzling summer day? Yeah, we didn’t think so either! That’s exactly why every parent should know how to create a perfect ice cream base recipe with their kiddo, blending flavors and mix-ins until a perfectly crafted flavor of dreamy, creamy richness is made. This delicious base flavor is perfect on its own, but moms and dads – together with their little partners in “crime” — can design their own dairy deliciousness by adding in any of the following ingredients:

  • Berries
  • Cookie pieces
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate candies
  • Dried nuts
  • Hot fudge
  • Marshmallow cream
  • Bananas
  • Nutella

Produce stamps

If your kiddo is an art lover, look no further than this low-maintenance, budget friendly, and low-mess activity for your creative creature. This activity is so easy, any kiddo can enjoy it. Gather construction paper, water-based and washable paints of assorted colors, and a few fruits and veggies. Start by cutting the product in half, pour out the paints onto a paper plate for easy clean up, and lay down newspaper or paper towels. This ensures no messes on your kitchen counters! Each fruit or veg will leave its own perfectly shaped stamp on the paper, making a beautiful and creative portrait for you and your family to enjoy.

New foods challenge

Many parents will find their once easy to please eaters can quickly change their minds about foods they once enjoyed. If your child has a limited palate, or you simply want to broaden their culinary horizons, a “new foods challenge” — shared together — could be the just the thing parents need to entice their skeptical kiddos into trying new foods. Start by securing the items you and your kiddo would like to try, prepare them as needed, and place them onto a plate. Take turns trying each bite, giving yourselves the chance to experience each one before deciding whether you like them. Parents can even take this a step further by recording the experience for uploading to social media if they wish, adding to the elusiveness and tempting their kids into trying more exciting things.

Other fun food-based activities include:

  • Making DIY mug cakes – these little blessings require minimal prep, and are cooked right in their serving vehicles, easy to carry and clean coffee mugs! With so many flavors to choose from, each kid is guaranteed a flavor choice they will love.
  • Creating a weekly meal plan, curated by your kiddo – Kids love to be involved in big family decisions, so why not include them in your weekly meal prepping for a chance to show off their kitchen skills. Encourage them to plan meals, think of needed ingredients, shop for them, and prepare with requested help if needed.
  • Grow your own herbs from seed – Growing and consuming your own product is something so many folks enjoy, and kids love it as well. Starting herbs from seed is easy, all it takes is a little soil, seed, water, sun, and patience. By growing the herbs at home, in their own kitchen, kids can impact meal planning and learn the art form of gardening, all from the comfort of their own kitchen.

From DIY treats, to growing your own candy, our list of seven low-maintenance and low-mess activities are both fun and educational, providing parents with practical fun in the kitchen. By including your kids in the kitchen, and encouraging them to learn and taste new things, while also cooking and kitchen safety skills, you’re imparting onto them a desire to cook for their future families, and ensuring their survival in the real world, while having a smile on their face and laughter in the air.

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