Kids in the Kitchen – Kids Gardening

We love watching our garden grow each summer, and we can’t wait to start snacking. Which is the whole reason we garden when we think about it. I love having our kids in the garden with me, gardening is teaching them more about life, about the science of how the food grows and why we want worms and bumblebees. They learn more from doing in the garden than a science book is going to tell them about the process.

Kids in the Kitchen - Gardening with your kids

Kids in the Kitchen – Gardening with your Kids

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Remember this: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

As much as kids like to snack, providing an (almost) all you can eat veggie buffet is the best way to get them having healthy snacks, and trying new fruits and veggies.

Making a salad from fresh garden vegetables is great way to show how tasty vegetables are, to practice cutting with knives, as well as the growing of food.

Introducing Growing Food

The first thing you can do, is to let your kids pick out something to grow themselves. Of course this is going to come after you have decided whether you are having your garden in the ground, raised beds, or even container gardening. The one thing my oldest always picks is cauliflower. She loves it.

Try to let them grow it themselves. From the planting to wetting, to the harvest. And the cooking which is what this series is all about. In the case of cauliflower, they need to cut it, and then decide what they are going to do with it. Are they cutting it up for veggies and dip, or to steam, or maybe for making a pizza crust?

We have grown a pizza garden in containers around our patio. It was amazing to walk out the front door to fresh herbs and tomatoes growing and waiting to be used in pizza. Growing herbs in something your children can grow throughout the year on a window sill too.

If you don’t have the space for a garden, or maybe you don’t want to or can’t grow vegetables for whatever reason, another great way to garden with your kids is to grow flowers. Growing flowers that bumblebees love to help them out, teach your kids about the importance of bumblebees and their place in growing food.

You can find more posts about gardening with your kids all over Forgetful Momma. It’s something we love to do!

Gardening Books for Gardening with Kids | Soil Testing Garden Science

How Your Garden Grows – Berenstain Bears Grow-It! | Garden Stakes Arts and Crafts

Fun Herbs for Kids to Grow | Growing a Bee Garden and Why Your Want One

Mini Greenhouse Gardening with Kids | Introducing Gardening in Our Homeschool

Kids in the Kitchen – Recipes for Kids

One thing to about when getting your kids in the kitchen is to think about what you’re going to make. How much your kids are going to be able to help. How much can they do on their own. Can they do it entirely on their own.

Kids in the kitchen - Recipes for kids

Kids in the Kitchen – Recipes for Kids

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I have more than a couple recipes in in my recipe box here, that you can pick and choose from. The first thing that Austin made (besides sandwiches) was corn chowder. A meal that she already loved, and one that has very few ingredients that you need to prep. She has since moved on to other recipes that she loves to make for lunch a few times a week.

Picking something they love to eat is a great why to get reluctant chefs or bakers in the kitchen.

There are a lot cookbooks out there specially made for kids. We have checked a lot out of the library, and love this Berenstain Bears one so much that we own it. It helps to be familiar with the recipe yourself, so you know what they should be doing each step.

Recipes for Kids

I have a number of recipes that you can make with your kids, or that your kids can make with little to no help.

Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal | Waffles | Scrambled Egg with Apple

Apple Peanut Butter Wraps | Blueberry Muffins | Mom’s Thumb Print Cookies

No Bake Cookies– without or with peanut butter | Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Corn Chowder | Potato Salad | Caesar Salad | Dinner Rolls

Sloppy Joes | Spaghetti | Korean Beef

Peanut Butter and Jam Bars | Rainbow Cupcakes | Pizza Muffins

Pizza Muffins - kids in the kitchen

This is in no way the only things that you your kids can make of course. Have fun, get in the kitchen and make a mess. After all, cleaning up afterwards is all part of the cooking experience.

What do you kids love to help make?

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10 Days of Kids in the kitchen series posts:

Kitchen Safety

Measuring and Cooking Terms

Shopping List and Meal Planning

Kitchen Skills by Age

Why Kids Need to Learn to Cook

Teddy Bear Picnic

Making Bread

Kids Gardening

Fun Activities

Getting Your Kids in the Kitchen