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10 Cookbooks for Kids

Cooking with your children isn’t only about teaching them a valuable skill—it’s also about spending time with them and making them feel included as equal contributors in the family. When your child is old enough to go it alone, cooking can help build confidence, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills. And following recipes can also improve reading comprehension. Here are 10 great cookbooks just for kids, filled with simple, easy-to-follow recipes that your little one (and you!) will love.

Little Kitchen: 40 Delicious and Simple Things That Children Can Really Make

At the Farmers’ Market with Kids: Recipes and Projects for Little Hands

Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef

Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

Children’s Quick and Easy Cookbook

Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes

The Kid’s Cookbook: A Great Book for Kids Who Love to Cook!

We Can Cook: Introduce Your Child to the Joy of Cooking with 75 Simple Recipes and Activities


5 Ways to Involve Kids in the Kitchen

There are several benefits to getting your kids in the kitchen and cooking. Aside from teaching them basic cooking skills, being included in the cooking process and seeing the ingredients makes children, especially picky eaters, more likely to want to try new foods. It also takes the mystery out of exactly what you put into those meatballs.

Even toddlers can help out with easy tasks, and it builds self-confidence for them to be able to contribute to a family activity. It goes without saying that all tasks should be simple and safe {nobody needs a two year old running around with a butcher knife}. Just prepare for a mess and allot some extra time for clean-up!

Use cooking as a teaching tool   Have your child measure out ingredients, count how many different vegetables there are in a dish, identify the color of each ingredient, practice spelling and reading using the recipe, and hone fine motor skills by doing some of the tasks listed below.

Give your little helper a job to do   Wash veggies, crack eggs, stir batter, mash potatoes, measure sugar, hand you ingredients, crumble crackers, tear lettuce, sprinkle seasonings, knead dough, snap beans—you get the picture.

Have a Make-Your-Own night   You can set all the ingredients out for everyone to make their own mini pizzas, taco salads, mac and cheese with mix-ins … it can be anything your child can easily build and put together.

Involve your child in the clean-up   It’s important for children to learn the whole process from cooking to cleaning to eating. Plus, it teaches them that cooking is just like playing with toys—you pick up when you’re done—which is a good habit to enforce early on.

Make it fun!   Get your little helper a child-sized apron, pick up a few colorful cooking utensils, make sure he has a safe way to reach the counter so he can work right next to mommy and daddy, play some fun music, and let go a little bit. It probably won’t be your most impressive culinary achievement, but the time you spend with your child will be totally worth it!