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Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir

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Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir

 

Getting kids involved with cooking is a great way to introduce them to new foods and develop a healthy relationship with food. Not all recipes are conducive to involving kids, though. That’s why I love Kidstir.

Each month, you receive a kit for making 3 new recipes. Kids are able to build their own cookbooks and learn what goes into making the meals that they eat. Not to mention have fun!

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Each Kidstir kit includes:

  • 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups
  • 3 educational foodie pages
  • 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials
  • A digital and printed shopping list
  • 3 fun games and puzzles
  • An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables

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You can also receive a special cookbook binder to collect all your recipes as a bonus with prepaid 12-month subscriptions.Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

We received a fun Halloween-themed box with the following recipes:

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

Scary-oli – Cheese ravioli from scratch

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

This recipe included a small pasta press. It was so cool to make pasta from scratch. This was a new experience even for me. Both of my kids (ages 2 and 5) LOVED playing with the pasta dough, rolling it out, and using the pasta press. The finished dishes were garnished as cute little faces as pictured. It was so fun!

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

 

Yummy Mummies – Zucchini cupcakes

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

I love that this recipe included shredded zucchini. What a wonderful way to include vegetables in dessert! It’s also helpful for kids with aversions to vegetables or green food. Mixing the ingredients was a hit with the kids, and they kept taking turns adding ingredients. The homemade frosting became the mummy wrapping, garnished with candy eyes. The cupcakes were gobbled up quickly!Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

 

Witch’s Brew – Spiced apple cider with frozen skulls and bones

Help Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food with Kidstir - A Wandering Vine

This recipe included a silicone ice cube tray to make skull and bones ice cubes. Instead of regular ice cubes, the recipe called for heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. It was an unusual but yummy twist to ice cubes! The spiced cider was yummy and everyone wanted more.

The Verdict

Everything was a success, and we all had fun. The kids tried everything, though my son wasn’t a fan of the frozen skulls and bones. It was a great way to get them involved in cooking to see what goes into their food. They’re good eaters in general, but this is also a good way to get picky eaters to try new things.

I recommend allowing extra time when cooking with kids. I had to be patient with the pace at which they pressed the ravioli in the pasta press, for example. It was also messy. I’m messy myself when flour is involved, so this wasn’t anything new for me.

We already had most of the ingredients on hand, so we only had to go shopping for a few. That was nice so I could keep costs down. Our kit also included stickers to make treat bags. The kids ended up using them to decorate paper instead, but they would’ve been perfect for a Halloween party.

With the holidays around the corner, I think Kidstir would make a great gift! I love experience gifts because they don’t add clutter (I don’t know any parent who doesn’t think they have too many toys), and kids will remember experiences more than toys.

Check out Kidstir to learn more or to sign up!

Did you ever cook with your parents when you were a kid? What did you make?

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30 Comments

  1. Jaime

    Wow, there’s a box for everything! I never knew something like this existed. My 3 year-old is extremely picky but loves helping me cook. I agree that buying experiences can be much better than getting toys!

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  2. Imaobong

    Awww, this looks so cool, I bet the kids loved it!
    I never had the opportunity to do any cooking with mom growing up — she was super busy then, but now we do a lot of it together.

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  3. Lauryn R

    These are great tips! I definitely find that my kiddos are more interested in eating new things when I make them fun and exciting! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Mihaela Echols

    With my little one I too get her involved in cooking she loves it. Also if eat healthy she will too. Its a win for the both of us.

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  5. Amber

    We just received a kidstir box too! We wanted to do it last week but our little guy got sick. So we get to do all the fun cooking this week. It looks so much more fun now seeing your photos. I love the kidstir, such an awesome way to get the kids learning and great for family time too!

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  6. Stephanie Jeannot

    Wow! A kids cook book. How clever. Yup l! Teach them young so they can cook for you sometimes.great idea!

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  7. Kimberly Lewis

    What cute pictures!

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  8. Amber Myers

    This is so neat! I love that witch’s brew. My daughter would love it.
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  9. Katrina Jean Carter

    Aww I am sure your kids had so much fun making and eating the food.
    This is a wonderful idea that I will sure incorporate when I have kids 🙂

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  10. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Teaching children is so important to their health and how they grow up as an adult. You look like you had so much fun.

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  11. CourtneyLynne

    Omg how awesome is this?!?! I’m all about cooking…. its what started my blog so I’m all about my daughter enjoying food and cooking as well

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  12. Crystal Gard

    That looks like a great way to get kids involved with food

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  13. Jennifer Bay

    Wow, that looks like the kids had so much fun!!! I can’t wait to do this with my son. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Vicki Lauretta

    I wish this had been around when my kids were little. Maybe we wouldn’t have gone out to eat so much. I love that they have recipes that get kids involved in the meal prep and introduces them to new food.

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  15. Arlene Pitts

    Oh how neat is that!! A kit that gives you just what you need. I wish they had this when my two were growing up. I did alot of running around and planning, Now I do it for my classes. The ice cube is really neat. I usually fill up a rubber glove with water and freeze it. It looks like ghost hands floating in the punch.

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  16. sandy brandon

    Both my granddaughters LOVE to get in the kitchen and cook with me. The 9 yr old, does more cooking with me than the 10 yr old. I firmly believe by getting kids in the kitchen at an early age, you will give them a love for cooking or baking. I mean just look at the Food Network and the young kids that are on their competing!! This looks like a great tool to get kids interested at an early age and has all the tools ready for you!

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  17. Elizabeth O.

    Making food fun for the kids will encourage them to eat more. I love these ideas and I also like the fact that you allow them to help out in the kitchen!

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  18. Bethany Stout

    I love this. We recently tried out KidStir as well for my blog. It was super fun and my daughter loved it. We had this same kit. The witches brew was a big hit at our house!

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  19. Cait Weingartner

    This is such an informative post on a very important topic. The recipes are awesome…kid friendly and nutritious too!

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  20. Dalba

    What a great post! I’m going to check out Kidstir! My three year old son loves to cook, I know he would love to receive a box like this with recipes just for him!

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  21. Bianca A. Nunez

    these look so cool! And it seems like though geared to a smaller age , any age might enjoy! I love cooking and learning new things

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  22. Mary Songer

    This is a great way to get kids involved with cooking and eating healthier. They’re more likely to try something if they helped cook it and had fun.

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  23. Ashlea

    That is a pretty neat box. I love how it includes everything you will need for the recipes.

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  24. Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com

    Love this! This would be the perfect gift for my nephew. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. victoria

    These are so great. I really love the A kids cook book. Kids are have fun

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  26. Carol Cassara

    Who says it’s not okay to play with your food, right? These are awesome ways to get kids to be more interested in food!

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  27. Barb Miller

    I’m usually not one to let toddlers help me in the kitchen. But, these look like good activities for them to do. I have to admit it’s a good idea to get them used to cooking.

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  28. Dotty J Boucher

    This is all great information and I think also that parents should start introducing good food
    habit to there children.
    @tisonlyme143

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  29. Terry Poage

    This is really cool and gets them in the kitchen.

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