Have fun cooking with kids

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During the holidays, you’re always looking for ways to keep children engaged and entertained. Helping them to cook is a great way to keep them busy. It’s also an occasion to teach them the basics of cooking.

Super sandwiches: Assemble together slices of buttered bread and a variety of toppings such as cheese slices, olives, shredded carrots, slices of boiled eggs, plus ketchup and sauces. Encourage your kids to make open face sandwiches, decorating them any way they like. You can do the same with pizza bases.

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Cool cupcakes: Bake or buy a set of cupcakes. Make up some toppings like buttercream and chocolate frosting. Get together toppings such as nut slivers, hundreds and thousands, gold and silver balls and stars. Get your children to apply frosting on the cakes and decorate them to make their very own personal cakes.

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Creative cookies: Make a simple cookie dough with butter, sugar, flour and egg. Roll it into a sheet and give your kids some cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Then bake these and get them to decorate the cookies with icing, chocolate swirls etc.

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Note: Give kids a large space to work in, covering it with newspaper if necessary, so it’s easy to clean up afterwards. Older kids can be taught how to use knives under your close guidance. Ensure kids learn to clean up after cooking.

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