Cooking Games for KidsPosted: July 20, 2012
Get your kids involved in the kitchen with fun, innovative cooking games for all ages. Cooking games can include creative decorating, competitions, timed races or educational activities. They can be a great way to teach your kids about health and well-being, the joys of cooking and experimenting with new foods. And with Playtime Recipe’s latest and greatest, these games are just plain fun!
Mickey Mouse Pancake Race
Prepare enough pancakes for each child to have one large pancake ‘face’ on his or her plate. On separate plates, set out a variety of pancake toppings and several stacks of smaller pancakes for the kids to use in the cooking games. Organize pancake toppings in a way that gives all kids equal access to them. Toppings might include bacon, whipped cream, fruit, nuts, or chocolate sauce.
Using a kitchen timer (or cellphone stopwatch), instruct kids that they have 2 minutes to create a Mickey Mouse face using the ingredients in front of them (or substitute a different character or your choice!) The smaller pancakes can be used as mouse ears, the bacon can be Mickey’s smile, etc. Encourage kids to get creative, and let the games begin! Don’t forget to take pictures of their masterpieces before digging in to the deliciousness.
In this cooking game, best played with older kids, marshmallow treats are placed under upside-down paper cups. Each marshmallow can be marked with a dot of food coloring. Kids must remember where the various colors are placed, and find their match. Once they’ve found two matching marshmallows, they can either eat them – or ‘save’ them in their mouths for a Chubby Bunny contest (Chubby Bunny is played by seeing who can fit the most marshmallows in their mouth while still pronouncing the words “Chubby Bunny”). With cooking games this fun, who needs TV?
Warning: Bluefoot Smoothie cooking games are not for the faint of heart! For a truly special summertime adventure, clean and sanitize a kiddie pool, and fill it with blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Place doubled up plastic sandwich bags on your kid’s feet, and secure them with rubber bands. Crank some fun cooking tunes while the kids stomp the berries to the beat! After the mashing’s done, have the kids collect their berry mash in cups. Add the fruit to a blender-full of ice and milk. Watch your kids squeal with delight as they drink their “stinky” smoothies!