Getting Kids Into the Kitchen


The recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • a little less than 1/2 cup water

Mix flour and salt, add water until mixture holds together like dough, knead.

This dough will keep in the refrigerator for a few days if stored in plastic.


Once the final shape has been decided, bake it in a warm oven (200 to 250) until dry. Thicker pieces will take longer and may be better air dried. Once dried they can be painted. Some great ideas are: hand impression plaques, cookie cutter ornaments, animal sculptures, beads, and free form shapes.

2. Fruit or vegetable people: Use fruits and vegetables that are edible when raw. Use toothpicks or peanut butter to put the pieces together.

Some people you can make:

Curtis Cucumber: Begin with a small cucumber for the body, poke a hole in each side and insert a couple of green beans for arms. Two small cherry tomatoes can be applied as bulging eyes. A small carrot stick, or baby carrot inserted for the nose. Make a smile with a red pepper slice, add parsley for hair. While you are creating this green man, you can talk about how eating carrots help you see in the dark, that red peppers help cuts to heal faster. Talk about how the food is grown, then follow that up with growing a garden in the summer. After having made this clever creation, she may just be enticed to eat him. Or, serve him at dinner time for the whole family to enjoy. Her pleasure in your reaction may also inspire her to take a few bites of those fresh vegetables.



Annie Apple: This is really a creation on a flat plate. Cut two round apple slices for big eyes, add some blueberry pupils, a strawberry nose, orange section ears, banana cheeks, grapefruit section smile, and orange and apple peel curls for hair. You can use the rest of the fruits for a mixed salad. On your little ones plate is a fruit filled smiley face begging to be eaten. Offer a little vanilla yogurt for dipping the fruit into.

Try your collective imagination at creating Tommy Tomato, Penelope Peach, Pepper Pete, Buster Banana, or make up some other creations like melon boats and banana cars. All the while you can discuss what the food is, who else likes to eat it (monkeys, kids on the other side of the world, grandma) and how else it is used (juice, tomato sauce, soups).

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