Unfortunately, many kids today are not aware of the real meaning behind the 4th of July. Many celebrations on July 4th include fireworks, picnics, BBQs, and other celebrations. While celebrating the holiday is wonderful, we cannot allow our children to forget what this day is all about. It’s time that kids learn about the history that is behind all the festivities that occur on the 4th of July. If you are not sure where to begin teaching kids the real meaning of this important holiday in the United States try doing so in the kitchen.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun recipes!
Cooking with kids helps them to embrace real food and develop a healthy food culture. Learning about food can begin in the grocery store, as well as in the garden, but the real magic happens alongside you, in the kitchen. It’s important to have a good recipe that has simple steps that children can do themselves – supervised, of course – and delicious results that will leave them excited to cook and bake again, opening up more time for conversation.
Here’s a couple of simple recipes to start with.
Fruit Salad in Patriotic Colors
- 1 Cup seeded chopped watermelon
- 1/2 Cup sliced strawberries
- 1 Cup blueberries
- ½ Cup raspberries or pitted cherries
- 3 Tablespoons lime juice
- 4 teaspoons honey
Mix fruit together and serve in a hollowed out watermelon. Right before serving, stir lime juice and honey together in small bowl and drizzle over top of fruit salad.
Recipe Courtesy of Kids Cooking Activities
Red, White, and Blue Fruit Cups
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1 pint fresh blackberries
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- Slice strawberries and combine in a bowl with blue and/or blackberries.
- Sprinkle berries with two teaspoons sugar.
- Whip cream until soft peaks form and sweeten with remaining sugar.
- Serve berries in small cups with generous spoonful’s of fresh whipped cream.
Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray
Make it a goal to source locally grown organic produce, organic pastured eggs, raw dairy products, oils, and grass-fed meats as much as possible.