Posted on: 29 December 2017
Food preparation is a life skill that every parent should pass on to their children. Unfortunately, today's busy parents often don't consider it very important to take the time to teach these skills. Although it can be very difficult to find room in busy schedules for this activity, parents who do find that it was well worth the time. Not only do their children pick up some valuable skills, as well as develop confidence and creativity, but they've enjoyed some important bonding time together. Fortunately, teaching kitchen basics to children doesn't have to be terribly time consuming. Below are just three of the many items that your 10-year-old can learn to cook in no time.
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are easy -- they're just a matter of flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, and, of course, sugar. They can be decorated any way you like, which is what makes them great for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions. Most children are ready to learn to bake cookies, or other items requiring a hot oven, by the time they are 10 years old, but younger brothers and sisters can join in the fun, when the time comes to decorate the results with tubes of colored frosting and sprinkles.
Knowing how to prepare a tortilla pizza provides your child a delicious option for an after-school or weekend snack. All it takes is a warm oven, a baking sheet, a tortilla shell, tomato paste, some grated cheese, and a few slices of Canadian bacon or pepperoni. This only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, once the oven is warmed up.
Apple crunch is a quick, easy dessert that also provides some health benefits, because of the apples and oatmeal it requires. Because this recipe involves cutting up the apples into chunks, make sure your child uses a knife with an easy-grip handle. After the apples are cut, the chunks are rolled in a mixture of butter, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, oatmeal, and flour, before being placed in a shallow baking pan, and covered with the same mixture before baking.
Apple crunch is an excellent option for teaching children to be creative in the kitchen. Almonds, pecans, or walnuts can be added, according to personal tastes and preferences. Your child could also get creative by adding ingredients such as dried cranberries or substituting about half of the apples for pears.
These Tortilla Pizza, Apple Crunch, and Holiday Sugar Cookie recipes offer a great way to get in the kitchen with your children. After you've had fun together, you get to eat!Share