This week we decided to be creative in the kitchen and made some Pumpkin Scones. Both my
girls love to help out in the kitchen at the moment they both love to help
unpack the dish washer. Lara packs away all the plastic cups and drink bottles
while Olivia sorts out the cutlery basket (I remove all the knives and any
other dangerous cutlery first) Children really enjoy cooking and being creative
in the kitchen and there are many “jobs” you can give them to help out so the experience enjoyable for everyone.
To start off have your recipes ready for both you the kids
to look at. Read the recipe together and get all the ingredients ready so you
can start. Do the same with measuring cups, spoons, bowls etc.
¼ C caster sugar
¾ cooked mashed pumpkin
2 ½ C self-rising flour
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1/3 C milk
2 tsp. of extra milk
Start with cooking the pumpkin and once cooled the kids can help
mash the pumpkin using a fork or a potato masher.
Pre heat the oven to 240 degrees and line a baking tin.
Beat butter and sugar with a wisk (Give the kids a wisk to do some mixing.)
Stir in pumpkin, then the dry ingredients and enough milk to
make a soft dough (the kids will enjoy using a wooden spoon to mix the dough.)
Turn onto a floured surface and knead lightly (give the kids a little of the dough to knead)
Roll out dough to about 2 cm thickness and cut our shapes using a cutter. (The kids can help roll out the dough and use the cutters.) To be a bit creative with your scones cut them out using different shaped cutters.
Place the dough on to the baking tin, brush with the extra milk (your little helpers can do this part) and bake for 15 minutes.
Once cooked allow to cool then serve with butter or a little cream cheese.
Once the scones are in the oven get the kids involved in
helping to do the clean-up. This can be helping put the utensils, bowls etc. in
the dishwasher, putting the bowl in the sink, using a cloth to wipe over the
bench, helping to sweep the floor. My girls both love to wash up so I half fill
the sink with a little detergent, just enough to make a few bubbles, and warm
water then I give them a bowl or cup and cloth and they help wash up. This
activity keeps them busy for a while; today it was enough time for the scones
The scones are ready to eat; the kids can help here to. For
older children they can help spread butter on the scones. I use some plastic
(not very sharp) knives from Ikea. Today we ate our afternoon tea on a picnic
blanket outside which the girls thought was a great treat.
Other activities to do with kids in the kitchen:
Helping put the grocery shopping away
Helping with unpacking the dishwasher
Making their own lunch – choosing sandwich toppings, packing
their own lunchbox
Making their own dinner:meals that are social meals –
Tacos, home-made pizza, choosing which veggies to have with dinner.
For more great ideas, recipes and inspiration for cooking
with kids check out: http://www.cookwithkids.wordpress.com