One of my favorite things to do with kids is to host kids cooking parties!
It is so cute when kids get together to cook and make their own creations together. They have such a good time and it really brings out their confidence and social skills when they have a cooking party.
Being that I have four younger siblings who are all pretty close in age, I will usually put on a cooking party with them all together and they love it. :) Other times though, the girls will have their friends over for a cooking party and they have a blast.
So, what do you do for kids cooking parties? It sounds like a lot of work (and in some aspects it is) but it is well worth it.
This page has several ideas for cooking parties that you can put on for kids. Take a look and give one a try!
My absolute favorite kids cooking
party to host would have to be a pizza party. (Pssst... I have a FREE pizza party kit with a pendant, labels and more if you want to get it!)
Everyone loves pizza and kids love it when they have the opportunity to make their own and dress it with their own toppings so it is always at the top of my list when I host a cooking party.
When the children arrive, you first want to get them started on making the pizza dough.
They will love getting their hands dirty with flour while they knead the dough and punch it down. If you give each kid their own pile of dough to work with then they will feel as though they all get to play an important role.
While you are waiting for the dough to rise have the kids get all the toppings together and prepare them.
They can cut up the vegetables – onions, bell peppers, mushrooms. Once the vegetables are all cut up, they can be put into bowls so that they can easily be passed around when it is time to put them on.
Pepperoni can be taken out of its package and put in a bowl for easy access. Also, if you are going to be having sausage on your pizza it is probably a good idea to start browning the sausage at this time.
Kids can each take one of the above tasks and work on it in their own section of the kitchen.
After the dough has finished rising, divide it up according to the number of pizzas that you are making. Have the kids then work on pushing it out to the edges of the pan. (According to my siblings, this is probably their favorite part. :))
Then, have the kids add on the sauce, the cheese, and all of the toppings.
Finally, it’s time to put the pizzas in the oven .
While the pizzas are baking, have the kids clean up the mess that was made. I have found that this is a critical step when having kids cooking parties because otherwise you are left with a huge mess that you don’t want to deal with.
Grab a loaf of French Bread or a bag of hoagie rolls, some deli meat, dressings, and vegetables and you’re all ready to host a kids sub sandwich party!
As far as kids cooking parties go, (even though this doesn’t involve any cooking) this is definitely an easier one to host.
It’s easier because the kids can set it up and can pretty much handle it all on their own.
The only prep that you might need to do is actually make up the meat and cheese platters and cut up the tomatoes, lettuce, onions and peppers for them.
When the guests arrive have your kids start off by setting up an assembly line for the sandwiches.
Have the kids lay out the items in the following order: start with the bread, then the meat platter, the cheese platter, the vegetables and finally, the toppings.
Kids love putting together their own sandwiches!
Children of all ages love to bake cookies. And, lazy summer afternoons are great times to host a kids cookie baking party.
Pick out a fairly easy recipe for the kids to make and supervise them as to what ingredients to put in. Once everything is ready the kids can mix up the batter and roll out the cookies.
If something like sugar cookies is being made, they will probably need help using the rolling pin and cookie cutters.
With the cookies on the cookie sheets, put them into the oven to bake. While the batches of cookies are cooking have the children roll out more cookies so that they are ready to go into the oven when the time comes.
These are just a few ideas for when you host kids cooking parties. Of course you could have a pancake party or waffle party or any other kind of cooking party.
Just make sure that the kids (and you) have fun together cooking in the kitchen!