So, we start with breakfast. A lot of breakfast meals are quite easy to prepare, and it is perhaps the most beneficial time of day for me to have a little more time out of the kitchen. If my kids can take over breakfast on weekdays this will help our school day start more smoothly since it will free me up to do what I need to in regards to housework, helping the littler kids, and preparing for the school day.
Breakfast it is.
We eat oatmeal 2-3 days a week, and ANYONE can cook oatmeal.
To make it easy, I typed up a kid friendly recipe.
Included in the kid-friendly recipe:
- - Items needed (including measuring cups, pots, etc.)
- - Ingredients
- - Any pictures needed to remind them what to do
- - Instructions
- - Items needed for setting the table (condiments, place settings, beverages, etc.)
Personalizing the recipe in this way enables the kids to know exactly how to do it for our family and helps them not miss any steps. Adding the items needed for setting the table also helps them do everything involved in preparing the meal for the family.
The plan is to compile all of these into recipe books or folders for continued use. Most likely I will keep them in sheet protectors to help preserve them and eventually will make a copy for each child. These of course won't be the exact recipes they will use when they first start out on their own as this feeds seven people, but I've got at least eight years to worry about that. :-)
I expect to walk them through this a couple times and then even the almost 8 year old should be able to do this with very little supervision.
More Kitchen Tips, and more Works for Me Wednesday.