Easter is a special time for many families as they gather to celebrate new life and the coming of spring. Easter is especially enjoyable for kids, as they like dyeing eggs and visits from the Easter bunny. Allow your kids to be involved in the celebration by helping you in the kitchen.
Eggs are a staple of many Easter meals. Deviled eggs are a perfect recipe for kids to help prepare. Boil the water and eggs, and allow them to cool completely. Have your kids help peel the shells from each of the eggs. Cut each egg in half lengthwise and let the kids scoop out the yolks with a spoon, setting the white parts aside. Put the yolks into a big bowl and mix with the additional ingredients (see resources). After you have mixed the ingredients together, kids can help spoon the mixture back in the hollowed egg whites.
Most kids love macaroni and cheese, and it is a perfect side to go with your Easter ham. Boil the water and macaroni pasta. Kids can help grate the cheese for the macaroni. This is a good opportunity to teach them about being careful when using sharp utensils. Allow them to cut the butter, measure and add the milk, break and add the eggs and seasonings.
Sugar-cookie cutouts are the perfect recipe for getting kids involved in the action. Have your kids help knead the dough and roll it out. One of the most fun parts of cookie-making for kids is using cookie cutters (bunnies, flowers, eggs). As the cookies bake, let your kids stir food coloring into the icing. After the cookies cool, allow your kids to decorate. Have several colors of icing available along with spreading utensils, sprinkles and other candy toppings, and piping for stripes. Kids can get creative with their designs and will love showing them off to family and friends.