Put Your Kids To Work
March 19, 2010 4 Comments
Spring break is about to start around the country and it is time to figure out what you are going to do with your kids. If you are like me, you don't have an expensive vacation planned.
Instead, we will be looking at each other and wondering what to do. Now is the time to maximize why you have kids. "Quit your swingin' and get workin'!"
What about making some snacks? There are a few really good reasons to take some time for cooking with your kids.
- Teach them how to cook early, so you can hand over the apron strings when they hit the right age.
- Cooking is fun and it will keep them quiet for an hour (it is cheap too!)
- You can make a whole bunch of healthy snacks for the end of the school year. This way, you will be prepared when they come home after school demanding cupcakes.
Here are three suggestions for your freezer. All three of these snacks will keep for at least 3 months and provide your kids with a yummy snack.
Homemade cereal is fun to have around the house for munching, and a blast to make. It will keep for 3 months in your cupboard, but you should keep a lid on the portion size. A small bag of this is enough to satisfy anyone's appetite.
Finally, you can make no bake cookies! An older child needs absolutely no help making these because there is no hot oven involved. Just mix it up, mash it on a plate, and wait about 3 hours.
I have included, below, 3 links to the books of Mollie Katzen. She is an amazing cookbook author and these books are SO much fun. "Honest Pretzels" is the most recent and it is for children ages 8 and up to make their own food. I own all three of these books and my children are inspired by them. They also keep us busy when is is raining.
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Do you make snacks with your kids Please share!