Getting mail is fun. REPHRASE. Getting awesome mail that is creative and includes activities to do with your kids? Well. That is a whole world of fun! We were lucky enough to receive a kit from Get Kids Cooking in the mail and it has given us great activities to do together and cooking experience to share.
Get Kids Cooking launched at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney this year and is a fabulous idea for kids 5+ for getting involved with food. They say 5+, but a child like Miss 4 who has been in the kitchen and helping cook for a while is able to blitz it when it comes to these activities. And activities? Well, each kit contains a good selection, plus any unusual tools or ingredients needed to complete the activities and a set of conversation starter cards and full instructions. Seriously, it couldn’t be easier to get your kids in the kitchen with these kits.
If you’re time poor, this is the ideal way to start a good relationship with food for your kids because the hard work of finding a recipe, gathering the stuff is already done. The shopping list with the kit means it’s a quick trip to the supermarket and you are good to cook! The kits are done on a monthly basis and arrive on your doordtep with everything you need, skill cards, 3 recipe cards, the utensil that you need (a kid safe one!), a skills badge, and a key ingredient to get you started and a craft activity.
We’ve got our chia seeds growing on the window sill and we have made ricotta once already. But the real fun was making ricotta gnocchi using the ricotta we made. Together Miss 4 and I made the cheese, mixed the gnocchi, rolled them out and chopped them up before boiling them and eating them with a napolitana sauce that we made. I’m under strict orders to add her badge to her apron so that everyone sees what she’s able to do!
We haven’t completed every item in the kit yet, but if we had, we would have also made a cheesy herb bread and a nut free pesto! We’re saving those for the weekend. The main reason we didn’t do the bread yet was because I wanted to try something that Miss 4 hadn’t eaten before to prove my theory- that when kids cook something themselves they are more likely to try it and enjoy it. It worked. Seriously- who would have thought a 4 year old would declare ricotta gnocchi to be the best thing she’s ever eaten?
Thanks again to Get Kids Cooking! We loved the kit! It was a great experience. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience such a great activity. Make sure you check out them out on Facebook too!
After much deliberation (there were lots of entries!) Miss 4 decided on her two favourite lunches.
Instagram: minimacmeals – you have won the Litter Free Living pack.
Facebook: Elizabeth Karas – you have won the Little Bento World pack.
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Thank you everyone who took the time to take lunchbox photos. Miss 4 really enjoyed looking at them. Apparently I’m going to be making sushi every preschool day next week!