Teaching kids to cook is a great opportunity to teach some life skills

No bake oat cookie balls are so versatile, a variety of add-ins including dried fruit, nuts and other healthy substitutes can be thrown into the recipe.

Are you looking for something fun for your kids or grandkids to do this summer? Look no further than your kitchen. Besides being a fun project, teaching kids to cook is a great opportunity to teach some life skills, including kitchen and food safety, nutrition and health, as well as practicing reading, math and science skills.

Start by choosing a day or time that you are not in a hurry. Make sure the kids do not need a nap. Expect everything to take a bit longer than it usually would.

Choose a couple of recipes, and then let the kids pick which to make. Kid-friendly recipes might include quick breads, muffins, pancakes or cookies. Simple recipes with few ingredients work best with young kids to hold their interest. One-dish meals might include soups, sandwiches, omelets, tacos or pizza.

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