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State Cookies

Celebrate your state with your child by helping them create their very own [state cookie]. I am not talking about a cookie shaped like your state. New Mexico was the first state to adopt a state cookie. This cookie is called Bizcochito. My daughter and I just made this cookie for her history lesson. It was delicious.

   

Marshmallow Squares

Children can make these scrumptious marshmallow squares all by themselves. Guide the children to break up each graham cracker in to four parts. Then have the children spread a layer of marshmallow fluff over the graham cracker. Younger children should be given plastic knives instead of real knives. The children can then top the marshmallow fluff with some banana slices. If the children want, they can drizzle on a little bit of chocolate syrup.

   

Let the Kids Help

Kids are more likely to try different types of foods if they have a hand in making it. This may mean that you have to put up with a messier kitchen at the end of the night, but it is well worth it if your child is learning how to try new foods. Next time you plan on preparing a meal you aren't sure your child will like, ask them to help you with it and see what happens.

   

Kitchen Safety

The first thing you need to do when you begin teaching your children to cook, is to explain kitchen safety. This will depend on the age of the child. Children under eight should not use a knife unless you are feel they are mature enough. You should still supervise them in the beginning. Children under ten should not be using the stove without guidance either. Explain to the children what to do if any of their food catches on fire, and make sure they know where the fire extinguisher is. Better yet, teach them how to use the fire extinguisher. Have the children repeat back your safety rules before beginning.

   

Fruit Snack in the Shape of a Turkey

This snack is perfect for making just before Thanksgiving. Cut a pair in half and then have your child place one half cut side down in the middle of a plate. Cut an apple in to thin slices and alternate the slices with clementine wedges. Arrange them to look like the feathers of the turkey. Create a face for the turkey with peanut butter, chocolate chips, a cranberry, and a sliver of apricot. The peanut butter acts as the glue. The chocolate chips are the eyes, the cranberry is the wattle, and the sliver of apricot is the snout. Take a picture and then enjoy.

   

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

It is no secret that chocolate and peanut butter taste great together. You can use these two ingredients to help your children make a delicious dessert that is easy to eat with your fingers. Break some graham crackers in to squares or rectangles. Have the children spread a layer of peanut butter on each cracker. Top with a rectangle of Hershey's chocolate. The peanut butter sticks to the chocolate and the graham cracker for a kid friendly snack.

   
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