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Anyone else have kiddos who are tired of being bored – and often say “Mom… there is nothing to do.” ?

Over the summer, I started searching for different ways for my boys to get more involved in our everyday routine (because what else were they going to do given all the social distancing precautions?). As a recipe developer for Hip2Save & Hip2Keto, I came across this kids cookbook called Cooking Class on Amazon and ordered it right away — perfect!

And let me just mention this post is not sponsored! I actually was so excited to try this cookbook with my kids and wanted to share the fun we had with all of you! 😃

two boys being goofy with fruit rolls up

Deanna F. Cook, the author of the Cooking Class, mentions at the beginning of the book some genius cooking habits and discusses kitchen vocabulary. Now for me as someone who creates recipes for a living, this is my love language, but for kiddos who aren’t necessarily in the kitchen a lot, this is a great way to teach them the difference between dice, chop, and even mince.

2 boys reading directions in cookbook

The Cooking Class cookbook is packed with over 50 recipes all kids will love.

I had the boys sit down and pick out one recipe to do for our Hip2Save readers, and within a few minutes they gave me a list of 10 different recipes they wanted to try out.

fruit leather page from cooking class

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Homemade fruit roll ups it is!

I have learned from my own experience that if you make the kitchen fun, kids will want to help. Also when you make food fun, kids will actually eat the fruits and veggies!

While this fruit roll recipe is super simple with 2 ingredients, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach my boys some kitchen skills, like carefully cutting up fruit, measuring ingredients, pouring onto a pan, and watching me safely demonstrate how to use kitchen appliances.

Boy cutting up strawberries

All the recipe directions are easy to read for the kids, and explains everything they need to do step-by-step. For these fruit-roll ups, it was an easy 7 step process. I will say that the fruit-roll ups do take some time with the dehydration process, but that gave the kiddos a break from the kitchen to go play while the fruit was baking.

boy pouring strawberries into a food processor

boys looking at a food processor

pouring blended fruit on a pan

Fresh fruit roll ups on a pan

Not only did my boys have tons of fun diving into this recipe, but they were actually learning how to follow the instructions AND enjoyed the process at the same time. Better yet, they had the tangible finished product to gobble up at the end. Huge mom win!

boys with fruit roll ups on face

I think it is safe to say they enjoyed their time in the kitchen learning how to make a healthier fruit-roll up! What’s more, the back of the cookbook is filled with awesome stickers, place cards, and even blank recipe cards, so I can’t wait to have my boys get creative and make their own recipes.

Girl holding Cooking Class Cookbook

My Hip team member Lina also has this Cooking Class cookbook, and loves cooking from it with her daughter!

“My daughter received this book as a gift a couple of years ago and we love it! I love the stylish fun vibe it has with easy directions with photos. My daughter baked the lemon bars and made crepes all by herself right off the bat using this book! Yummy!”

Girl looking over directions for Cooking Class Recipe

But wait, there’s more!

Deanna Cook has yet another cookbook made specifically for kids called Baking Class — I actually just ordered it myself after seeing how much my boys enjoyed their cooking experience from Cooking Class!

Boy with Cooking Class Cookbook

My boys and I highly recommend this fun kids cookbook!

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Comments 7

  1. Lee A

    My kids are 11 and 14 years old. They are each in charge of cooking one night a week. If they have an idea of hat they want to make great. If not I have a couple of suggestions, they can pick from. They are in charge of planning, collecting the ingredients, making sure the meat is defrosted, and (to the best of their ability) executing the dinner. So far they have done great. The only rule is you cant make the same thing every week. My 14yo even told me the other night, “the crock pot is man’s best friend.” They are learning life skills, appreciate the effort it takes to cook, and more likely to eat what is being served.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How fun! My kids are 11 and 14 too! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! Such a great idea!

  2. Joan

    This is at my local library so I can check it out for FREE!! Yay!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)


  3. Joan

    My son is 11 and has always been a VERY picky eater. Last year a friend recommended this book to me and I read it and it changed our lives for the better. It’s called, “How to help your child with extreme picky eating” by Dr. Katja Rowell. I checked it out for free at my library but it’s also on Amazon. If you have a picky eater I cannot recommend this enough.

  4. mia mae

    We got the Cooking Class International Cookbook from the library and liked it so much I bought our own copy.

  5. Evie

    Sometimes they never outgrow this! I know a few men in their 60s who are very picky! I think both had mothers who catered to them! I came from a family of 5 and will eat just about anything!
    I would make them cook for themselves too!

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