When I was young I would get SO excited for March Break. A whole week off of school?! Sign me up! Fast forward about 25 years, and with March Break here, the excitement has turned to anxiety. What am I going to do for a week with my daughter at home? How will I keep her busy? How will I get any work done? How will I save my sanity?
While that extra glass of wine with dinner helps, I’ve found it helpful to come up with a list of activities to help keep my daughter busy, and me sane. And it should be of no surprise that one of those is cooking!
We’ve written at length about the importance and benefits of getting kids in the kitchen, at any age and stage. But how do you get started?
Choose the Right Recipes
The first and most important step is to pick a recipe that has few ingredients, is easy to follow, and has plenty of ways for your kids to be involved. Better yet, choose a recipe WITH your kids! What better way to get them excited to be in the kitchen with you then to have a hand in choosing what you are cooking.
I should mention that in all this excitement, there will be a mess. Likely a very large mess. Take a deep breath and ignore it, for now. Kids are messy, there’s just no way around it. But in order to really be engaged and enjoy the process, you have to let it go. The mess won’t be there forever, I promise!
One of my favourite recipes to cook with my girls? These Coconut Pancakes.
They’re fluffy, delicious and packed with a tonne of flavour! My girls love topping them with some chopped mango, creamy yogurt, and of course, a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Cook them up for breakfast, a snack, or even dinner.
And get prepared to begin to enjoy March Break once again!
Get the full recipe here.