It’s summer break.
Time escaped me and I didn’t prepare for summer break like I wanted to. I didn’t hide away in a corner with a glass of wine and a chocolate bar, sobbing that school was almost out. Just kidding.
So I am on the lookout for fun activities to keep my older two kids occupied, happy, and hopefully, NOT at each other’s throats. I know I am not alone here! We will most definitely make multiple trips to the Knoxville Zoo – especially to see the baby gorillas that were born last summer and (maybe) the new red wolf pup too. I’m hoping to finally make it to some farmers’ markets and to one or more of the local “Pick-Your-Own” farms. I know my kids love to be outside, but y’all know as well as I do that Mother Nature isn’t always the most cooperative and that means some days during the summer are going to be spent inside. *cue impending doom music*
And that is why I have compiled this list of fun recipes to make with your kids this summer.
I have mentioned before how much my kids love to help cook and bake things. I am trying very hard lately to let go of my need to have control and let my older kids help me in the kitchen. I think they will be excited to try out these recipes below!
Start off your summer
afternoons mornings with yummy Nutmeg Banana Muffins for your monkeys. Lots of measuring and stirring can be done by kids. It is, in fact, my kids’ favorite thing to do when helping me bake. Bonus: you can incorporate a little math in with measuring ingredients!
When snack time rolls around, the kids can help make Super Slimy Snail Snacks, Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs, and Watermelon Popsicles. The snails are an adorable twist on the classic “ants on a log” snack. I love the idea of mini burgers on a toothpick for snack and my very hungry kids would probably agree with me there. Even if it isn’t raining outside, kids can help make these watermelon popsicles and enjoy a cold treat on a hot day. They would also be awesome for Memorial Day weekend or the Fourth of July. Look at how patriotic they are!
For the kids who would eat you out of house and home if your house were made out of crackers, let them help you make these Carrot Cheddar Crackers or Whole Wheat & Cheddar Mini Crackers. They can help you roll out the dough and cut the individual crackers.
Get super creative at snack time and wow your littles with this Turkey Fruit & Veggie Platter or All Fruit Platter (and you’d be surprised to hear it didn’t take very long at all to plate). I could definitely see my kids wanting to figure out new animals they can arrange the fruits and veggies into.
Involve your kids in making lunch from scratch: Creamy One-Pot Stove Top Mac & Cheese, Crazy Taco Faces, and Homemade Fish Sticks. My kids would eat mac and cheese for every meal if I let them, so the following recipe appeals to my mom guilt because it’s homemade. Same goes for the fish sticks. Personally, I just love the crazy faces on these tacos. Who wouldn’t find those fun?!