Kids in the Kitchen

It has been raining here. Praise God! We have been in a drought. There’s a town in our area whose average yearly rainfall is 20 inches, and they’ve had 14 inches in the past 2 days!

Rainy days generally bring indoor playtime. However, we did find time to teach the twins to ride their bikes without training wheels- in the rain.   But that’s another story.

Other than riding bikes, we have spent a lot of time indoors. The twins got to do dishes with/for me 4 times this week! Here are some fun kitchen activities that my boys absolutely loved doing!

  1. Hot Dog Spaghetti and Cheese bites
  2. Banana Fudge Treats with Peanut Butter Sauce
  3. Learning with Sugar Cookies
  4. Pizza
  5. Dishes

Hot Dog Spaghetti and Cheese Bites

Hot Dog Spaghetti and Cheese

 

You will need:

2 pkgs Hot Dogs cut into bite size pieces

Spaghetti Noodles broken into pieces (how much will depend on how many pieces your kids stick into each hot dog)

Cheese Sauce- I used this recipe

This one was the boys favorite! It was fun to watch them get creative and make people, wheels, monsters, anything their little imaginations let them.

hot dog spaghetti and cheesehot dog spaghetti and cheese

hot dog spaghetti and cheese

 

 

Basically just have your kids stick the spaghetti through the hot dogs. Boil per directions on spaghetti. While it’s boiling, make your cheese sauce. Drain spaghetti/hot dogs and then add the cheese sauce.

hot dog spaghetti and cheese sauce

Serve with mustard and ketchup. (I really liked mine with mustard, Brock and Camden liked ketchup)

 

Banana Fudge treats with Peanut Butter Sauce

You need:

Banana

Hot fudge

Popsicle sticks

Peanut butter

Cut banana into halves or thirds. Stick in a popsicle stick- I didn’t have any so I just used some cut up plastic straws.

Place on wax paper and freeze for 2 hours.

Put chocolate fudge into a shallow bowl or pie pan. Melt a little if needed. Cover the bananas with the Fudge.

banana fudge bites

Freeze for 2 hours.

Melt peanut butter and use as a dipping sauce or drizzle over bananas.

banana fudge bites

 

Learning with Sugar Cookies

This was originally meant to be just for fun, but it turned into something semi-educational.

You will need:

Sugar cookie dough

Icing

Decorations

Make dough and roll out

Cut around kids hands to make a handprint

Bake, cool, and use icing of your color/taste

learning with sugar cookies

Decorate: Put on finger nails, rings, watches. I made it a counting game. (Brock is already good with numbers, but the twins are learning) You could do things like-

Put the purple skittle on the third finger

Put 8 chocolate chips on the second finger to make a ring.

Make a pattern: Red, Green, Blue, etc. and make a watch.

learning with sugar cookies

Note: If you don’t like your kids having candy, you could use fruit.

 

Pizza

Any homemade pizza kitpizza

pizza

pizzaLet your kids do it mostly by themselves and have fun with it!

 

 

 

 

 

and…

Of course—-let them help clean up! This one takes the most patience, but it is probably one of the most important. They’re learning, and they love spending time with you! And, playing with bubbles is always a plus!

doing dishes