Cooking with kids is important to me. Some of my best memories growing up are standing on a chair or sitting on the counter watching my mother cook and bake. She’d explain measurements, why she was adding the ingredients and their purpose. I instill the same with my kids-well my daughter actually since my son has no interest in being in the kitchen with me.
Cooking with your kids reap benefits from math skills, reading, following directions not to mention the self-confidence they gain when the meal is finished. Zoe loves to crack eggs (do in a separate bowl), mix and add ingredients. She loves to make healthy smiley face pizzas for quick lunches on the weekend.
If you have an aspiring cook on your hands, here are five free iPhone cooking apps for kids to keep the kids occupied!
Pizza Crazy Chef by TabTale
What kid doesn’t love pizza? This creative app from TabTale taps into that insatiable enthusiasm for everyone’s favorite food. Put on your apron and get baking! Make the digital dough, create the sauce and then go crazy with toppings. Choose from more than 100 toppings ranging from tried-and-true to downright wacky. Bake your creation, slice the pizza pie in your own pizza shop, box it up and send it for delivery. Or, sit back and eat your pizza creation after setting the table with a variety of colorful napkins, drinks and straws. Want to share a photo of your pizza pie? You can serve it up and send it on to your family and friends. Download Pizza Crazy Chef
Chinese Food! by Crazy Cats
Wok on over to your mobile device and break out the chopsticks. We love this Chinese food app because you can fry your own noodles and rice and create the dishes you love. Customize your own Chinese dishes, create your own crazy fortune cookies, and even share your creations in classic Chinese take-out containers. This app is almost as good as your favorite local Chinese food joint. Download Chinese Food!
Cake Pop Maker by Bake More Cake Maker
With cake pops literally popping up in sweet stores all over, kids can learn how to make them digitally. This delicious food maker app lets you create the ingredients, stir the flavored batters, bake your pops, and put them on colorful sticks. Once you’ve baked your creation, it’s time to decorate your pop and add toppings. Give your pops some sprinkles, a face, or make them into cute animal friends. This app is popping with more than 4 million people playing this delicious game. Download Cake Pop Maker
Cotton Candy by Bluebear Technologies
Kids love fairs for the rides, the games, and of course, the food! With this app kids can make the best fair food of all: cotton candy. First, choose your candy sugar, mix it up and spin the cotton candy in the machine. Once you’ve made your creation, decorate it to your heart’s desire and add even more flavors. Not only can you make cotton candy in this app but it also has a hungry chef game where you move the device to feed the chef—just make sure he doesn’t get hit by a frog pot! Download Cotton Candy
Pie Maker by Sunstorm Interactive
In this delicious app, choose your pie crust and custom fillings, and then mix all of the necessary ingredients to make the best pie in cyberspace. The number of options in this app are great—the fillings range from blueberry to banana cream and kids can create their own pie party at a custom-set table! The only downside to this app? Your realistic looking custom-made pie will leave you dying to take a real bite. With additional games like “top chop” and “food challenge,” this app has it all. Download Pie Maker
Do your children enjoy helping in the kitchen?