14 Clever Cooking Games That Are Sure to Get Kids Eating

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Playing with your food can be plenty of fun and it can entice reluctant eaters to try new things. Cooking games are a creative way to involve your budding chefs in meal prep, encourage their developing palates and even teach them some essential life skills. Bring your appetites and try out these cooking games for kids that make food fun.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Eat the Alphabet Challenge

Trying new foods can be a lot less intimidating when you tie it to something relatable, like the alphabet! This is a fun and easy game that can stretch across an entire month. Every day start with a new letter of the alphabet and challenge your kids to try a food that starts with that letter. It can be as easy as “D” for donut or up the ante, with something a little more daring, like “D” for Dragonfruit. Add a score system to earn points for the most unique foods they can think up.

photo: Shelby Taylor Brookings

Superhero Kitchen

Want to get your kids to eat spinach and earn cool mom points? Of course you do! Bulk up like the Hulk and gain superhero strength after making a batch of "Hulk Bread" or spinach muffins, like this recipe from Super Healthy Kids. Have your superpowered chefs help you with baking this tasty treat and then you can all pretend to have hulk strength when you eat it.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Measure and Guess Game

Cooking with kids can be fun and educational. Shake things up a bit by turning the measuring of ingredients into a guessing game. If you’re making blueberry muffins, for example, fill the measuring cup and then have your tiny chefs take a guess at how many blueberries are in the cup. Whoever guesses the closest gets to eat the first muffin! You can play this game with all sorts of different recipes and ingredients.

Bread in a Bag Game

Can you make bread in a bag? A great way to teach measuring and use fine motor muscles (kneading the bread!) is to have a cooking game challenge for kids. Our friends at Your Homebased Mom cleverly show the best way to do this. Shake, knead, bake and eat. Click here to snag the recipe.

Cooking by Numbers & Letters

Cooking and counting go hand-in-hand and pretzels are easy to make. We love What We Do All Days brilliant pretzel game using bread dough, salt, butter, a brush and a ruler. Besides practicing letters and numbers, little kitchen helpers can count out the dough pieces and measure the length of each rolled pretzel. We're sure these hot buttery treats will go fast!

Invent a Recipe

Creative cooking! Meal prep takes on limitless possibilities in this free cooking game brainstormed by our friends over at Tinkerlab. Let your little chefs invent their own recipe. Discover, create, validate (with you), then make their dish. Experimenting encourages independent thinking and problem-solving skills in the kitchen. Even more, eating what they make will be easy as pie.

Read & Make Game

Hot chocolate banana muffins take on a whole new meaning with the read and make game cooked up by Growing Book by Book. First, you read the book If You Give a Moose a Muffin together, then cook up a fresh batch with the littles. Skip over to Growing Book by Book for the recipe now. 

Rainbow Game

Sometimes the simplest cooking games are the most fun. Who can resist a colorful rainbow fruit parfait courtesy of our friends Mama.Pappa.Bubba. Let your little leprechaun pick out fresh fruit at your local farmer's market. Then it's time to peel and chop. Add a whipped cream cloud on top–yum!

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Yeti in My Spaghetti

Use your noodle! In this simple silly game, players take turns removing noodles without letting Yeti drop into the bowl. Yeti in My Spaghetti won the 2017 TOTY Game of the Year Award. This fun game promotes fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Ages: 4 & up

Available on amazon.com, $7.19

The Pizza Symmetry Game

It takes two! Making pizza becomes a free cooking game when you add in this genius idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning. You'll need pizza dough, sauce, cheese and toppings. Just put a string down the middle of the pizza and mirror your partner's topping placement. We're sure they'll chow down their symmetrical creation.

Taste Test Game

Keep 'em guessing (and fully engaged) with this flavorful cooking game dreamed up by Create.Play.Travel. You'll need a muffin tin, food, paper and pen. Let your little one try the item (you can blindfold her too!) then say whether it's sweet, sour, spicy, salty or tangy. When cooking a meal have your kids decide the taste of the main ingredients.

Follow My Instructions Game

Easy as one, two, three. Le Coin de Mel fosters independent cooking and following directions in this toddler cooking game. Mamma Mel whips up a simple recipe to describe step-by-step to her little chef to make vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins. Expect a mess and the muffins to go quickly! For full instructions, head over to Le Coin de Mel.

Chopped Game for Kids

It's time for a cooking challenge! A fun and creative game to get kids cooking up a storm crafted by Life as Mom. You can play with two or more. Set out the ingredients to use in separate baskets. Then everyone shares pantry items to add flavor and taste. Put it all together, present to the judge and choose the best creation.

Banana Sushi Game

Chop, chop! Budding chefs can practice their fine motor skills making this snack created by My Fussy Eater. Littles can peel the bananas, chop them up (with a kid knife), then roll it around in toppings like coconut, melted chocolate and rice crispies. Have them rate each topping and pick a winner. The best part is eating with chopsticks.

—Nikki Walsh & Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured image: Brooke Lark via Unsplash

 

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