Cooking with your kids is a win-win. It allows them to get creative and helps you prepare tasty treats and meals that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, your kids will be pleasantly surprised when you finally give them permission to play with their food! If you’re searching for a fun and tasty weekend activity, look no further. You and your kids will find these 7 recipes to be an entertaining, flavorsome, and family-friendly way to spend time together.
1. Incredible Edible Nutty Putty
It’s okay to give your kids permission to play with their food when preparing Oxmoor House’s putty-like recipe. Mix a few tasty ingredients together and watch as your children create fun shapes that are decorated with colorful sprinkles and candy. You may find yourself wanting to join in on this one!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
- Decorations: colored sugar, candy sprinkles, raisins (optional)
Directions: Stir together peanut butter and honey in a big bowl. Add dry milk, stirring until blended. Spoon a small amount onto a plate. Shape and decorate it anyway you wish before gobbling it up. Store remaining putty in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 1 week.
2. Worm Ice
Your kids will get a kick out of Martha Stewart’s recipe for worm ice. This incredibly easy, 2-ingredient recipe is a treat even young children can help prepare. Just don’t be alarmed when you see worms floating around in their juice. Remember, it’s only gummy worms!
- Gummy worms
Directions: Put the worms in an ice-cube tray, letting them stick out of the top and sprawl over the edges. Fill the tray with water, and freeze. Add cubes to a clear beverage for a tasty, fun-looking drink.
3. Funny Face Mini Veggie Pizza
Betty Crocker is bringing you a recipe that is perfect for a weekend lunch or dinner. The best part? Your kids will be having so much fun creating funny-faced pizzas, they won’t even realize they’re eating tons of nutritious veggies.
- Whole-wheat thin sandwich flat
- 2 tablespoons garden vegetable cream cheese spread
- Fresh vegetables, such as broccoli florets, carrot slices, cucumber slices, green beans, lettuce, bell pepper slices, and tomatoes
Directions: Spread sandwich thin with cream cheese spread. Arrange fresh vegetables on cream cheese to create funny faces.
4. Donut Hole Breakfast Skewers
One thing your kids are guaranteed to like better than donuts? Donuts that they can eat off a stick. ValSoCal’s recipe calls for donut holes, berries, and dipping sauces, creating a weekend morning treat that will bring a smile to your kids’ faces.
- Donut holes
- Salted caramel sauce
- Chocolate sauce
Directions: Place donut holes, strawberries, and blackberries on skewers. Set the coconut, caramel, and chocolate sauce out for dipping.
5. Merrick’s PBJ n’ Banana Burritos
AllRecipes.com’s burrito makes for a wonderful lunch or snack. Not only does it taste good, but this oh-so-sticky recipe can easily be assembled by your kids.
- 2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon apricot jelly
- 1 teaspoon honey
Directions: Spread the peanut butter evenly over the middle of the tortilla; spread the apricot jelly in a layer over the peanut butter. Place the banana on top of the peanut butter and jelly layers. Drizzle the honey over the banana. Fold the two ends of the tortilla over the tips of the banana and roll the other two ends of the tortilla over the mixture to form a burrito.
6. Trix Krispies Treats
Colorful and yummy, Jamie Cooks It Up’s recipe is a great way to get your kids to help prepare dessert. All you need is Trix cereal, mini marshmallows, butter, and a dash of salt, and you and children will be well on your way to creating bright and gooey treats.
- 12 cups Trix cereal
- 1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Dash salt
7. Pigs in Ponchos
In addition to having an extremely fun name, Rachael Ray’s tortilla-wrapped hot dogs are a finger-friendly food that’s sure to be a hit with your kids. Note: This recipe will require you to cook or grill the hot dogs. Your kids can take it away after that and help assemble the ponchos.
- 8 hot dogs
- 1 can (16 ounces) vegetarian spicy refried beans
- 1 large poblano chile pepper
- 16 flour tortillas (8-inch), heated to soften slightly
- 1½ cups homemade or store-bought salsa verde
- Yellow mustard, jalapeño mustard or honey mustard
- 2½ cups shredded monterey jack cheese
- Cooking spray
Directions: Preheat an outdoor grill, indoor griddle, or grill pan to medium-high heat. Parboil the hot dogs for a few minutes to heat through. In a medium saucepan, heat the beans over medium heat, or cover and heat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, adding a little water to thin slightly. Meanwhile, grill the poblano, or cook over an open flame on the stovetop or under the broiler, until evenly charred. Transfer to a bowl, cover and let cool, then peel and slice.
To make the ponchos, top each of 4 tortillas with a thin layer of salsa verde, a swirl of mustard, a few slices of poblano, and lots of cheese, then cover each with another tortilla. Spread the top tortilla with some beans and set a dog at one end. Wrap and roll up the tortilla stack around the dog; repeat with the remaining ingredients. Spray the ponchos with cooking spray and grill for a few minutes to brown and crisp the tortillas.