Activity: Menu Planning with Kids

Story by April 09, 2016
Menu planning is a great way for children of any age to get involved in the kitchen!

They will love following a recipe because it appeals to their natural sense of order. They will love preparing the dish because the tasks involved help them refine motor skills. And most importantly, they will love spending time with you doing an activity that results in a tasty treat!

Here are some benefits to including your child in the process of preparing for a meal:

We asked a friend who loves to cook to help us out in the kitchen, making Blueberry Smoothies. If it sounds like something your family might like, give them a try! Here’s the recipe.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. Pre-measure for your child, or let them do it themselves!
– Blueberries, 1 cup frozen and a few fresh for garnish
– Yogurt, ½ cup non-fat Greek
– Milk, ⅓ cup
– Oats, ¼ cup old-fashioned
– Vanilla Extract, ¼ teaspoon
– Salt, a pinch
– Maple syrup or honey, sweeten to taste


Step 2: Gather your tools
– Glasses and straws
– Blender
– Spoon or spatula

Step 3: Assemble the smoothie! Substitute any fruit for blueberries if you prefer.

Your child can pour all the ingredients into the blender, in any order, then blend it up and pour into the glasses to enjoy! Garnish with fresh blueberries if you’d like. Or just more honey.

Have a conversation with your child about what other ingredients they might use to make a delicious smoothie. Would strawberries work? What about peanut butter?!

As your child becomes more confident in the kitchen, incorporate them into more planning and preparation. Pretty soon, they will be preparing their own lunches, creating their own snacks, and planning the family dinners!

Do you have any recipes that your child loves to prepare? Send them our way please, and we’d love to share them with fellow parents!

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