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Rene, Wisconsin Asks:

July 31, 2015
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QI love to spend time doing something hands-on with my kids after school, but I’m not really into crafts. Do you have some kid-friendly cooking projects we could try?

- Rene, Wisconsin


That’s a great idea, Rene. The kitchen is a great place to connect with kids. I remember having some important heart-to-heart talks with my boys while we were in the kitchen together, with our sleeves rolled up and our aprons on. That’s when the stories about how their days at school really went would come out. There’s just something about time together around food that brings a family together.

If you’re looking for an after-school kitchen project to try with your kids, how about something very hands on — something tactile and a little messy? Young kids love to roll up the balls for these Toasted Granola Bites. Slightly older kids can roll out these Cheddar Cheese Snaps and cut them with a pastry cutter. And they’ll be proud to bring their own homemade version of a favorite store-bought snack to school the next day. And who doesn’t love watching marshmallows melt in a pool of soft butter to make classic cereal treats? We make our Cinnamon Crispy Treats with Land O Lakes® Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread for a sweet kick.

Kids can learn a lot in the kitchen — how to measure, read recipes and follow directions — but the most important thing they’ll learn is how much you enjoy spending time with them.

Enjoy cooking with your kids, Rene!

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