Cooking with Kids - the ultimate guide

The kitchen provides so many playful and fun experiences for kids to enjoy cooking with kids is one of the many memories that you children will cherish and pass on to their children as they grow up. Whether you are an expert chef or like to use some ready made stuff and throw in a couple of extra’s there is something for everyone in our Ultimate Guide to cooking with kids.

If you have a specific ingredient or are matching your recipes to a letter of the alphabet check out our A to Z of Recipes to cook with Kids

Cookies for everyday

Cookies are a favourite of every child and are easy cooking with kids whether you make your own dough or use some shop bought cookie dough it doesn’t really matter – check out these fun everyday cookies to cook with kids this year.


Cookie Recipes to bake with your kids

Celebration Cookies

Celebration Cookie Recipes

Cakes and other baked recipes

Sweet tooths extend further than just cookies cakes and other sweet treats are some of our favourites to get cooking with. Check out these fun recipes for cooking with kids fun in the kitchen

Cupcakes and Muffin Recipes for Kids

decorating cup cakes

Krispie Cakes, Brownies and other cakes

Cake recipes for you to make with kids

Chocolate Chip buttermilk scones

Pastry, Pies and Tarts

Apple Pie Crescents recipe for kids to make

Fruit and snacks and fun sweet treats

Introducing kids to new food in the kitchen

Making Bread

Savoury Cooking with Kids

It’s not all about the sweet things – although they are so much more tempting to cook with kids as we know that they will generally eat them but to give kids a healthy balance you do need to get cooking with kids making the main meals and savoury snacks to enjoy together.

Decorated Quesadillas

Play in the kitchen

Cooking with kids can take a little preparation and I even need to feel brave to attempt it – but that doesn’t stop you getting playing role play, or using ingredients in the play – check out these wonderful ideas

Pretend cooking with Real Ingredients

Even more inspiration

Cooking with Toddlers is possible and you can do it - here's recipes that you and your toddler can really cook and some tips for making it happen.

Looking for even more inspiration then check out

The P.L.A.Y group

We’re kicking off The P.L.A.Y group today with 13 posts across the blogs giving you the best play and learning ideas for you to do with your kids check out the other posts by the group below.

Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Kids

Get out and PLAY

175+ Ideas for Repurposing Items for Play from The PLAY Group

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Play Activities from The PLAY Group

Recycled Craft Activities from The PLAY Group

80+ Gross Motor Skills Activities from The PLAY Group

200+ Fine Motor Skills Activities from The PLAY Group

50+ Early Literacy Activities from the PLAY Group

75 Math Activities from The PLAY Group

Art Activities from The PLAY Group

100+ Science Activities from The PLAY Group

200+ Ideas for Messy Play from The PLAY Group

Recipes for Art and Play

150+ Early learning Activities

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Its so nice to involve kids with cooking at an early age. I have good memories myself cooking with mom. Thanks for posting!

  2. Ahhhh that explains it – I was wondering what the play group was!

    Some fantastic recipes here. What a great resource.

  3. Such a great list…thanks to the group for compiling such a helpful resource!

  4. yay, love cooking with kids and this is a great resource!

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