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Cooking with the Kids for New Year’s Eve

What will you do on the last day of the year? If you plan to spend at least part of it at home with your family, prepare dinner as a family. Here are some ideas for cooking with the kids.
Menu Some people choose to have a special dinner on New Year’s Eve. Sit down with your kids and decide what you will make. One idea is allowing everyone to come up with their most favorite dish and include it in the menu. You could end up with pizza and teriyaki chicken. Try to make as much food as you can in the kitchen. Avoid using box mixes for anything if you can on this occasion.

The important thing here is that you do it together. Families that aren’t used to doing a lot of activities together will find this to be a new and interesting activity. Your kids have a lot of good ideas that you may have been missing out on. Hopefully this will be the start of a great new tradition.

Preparation Undoubtedly, you’ll have to shop for some ingredients. Make a list of what everyone needs for their dish. Ch…

Get Your Kids Involved with Cooking During the Holidays

Young children love to be where the action is, and, during the holidays, that often means in the kitchen. The wafting aromas, hissing of skillets and bubbling of pots hold endless fascination for children, but they also create a danger zone. Fortunately, kids don't have to be banished from the kitchen. Using simple safety techniques can help keep kids participating and helping in this warm place where the family tends to gather, particularly during the holidays.

Teaching doesn't only have to take place in the classroom or at your preschooler's child care center, the kitchen has countless lessons for children to learn and share. Counting and measuring are excellent tasks for children to take on. Additionally, by helping out and taking ownership of dishes the family will enjoy, kids learn a taste of responsibility, which can spread into other areas of their lives.

What can parents do to keep kids safe and happy in the kitchen?

1. Look around for tasks that children can easily…

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