The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Every day throughout April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting a range of ideas and tips for keeping your family entertained at home. It will include arts and crafts, games, learning ideas and imaginative activities for all ages. I thought it would be particularly useful while we’re all self-isolating or socially distancing, though it can be used for any time of year.
Letter “F” is for Fun with Food. If you never normally have time to cook from scratch, this lockdown could be a good opportunity to experiment with family recipes and brush up on your skills in the kitchen.
Below are some fun ideas for activities that involve food and drink.
- Tune in to some cooking and baking classes on Youtube, such as Sal’s Cakes n Bake’s, Jamie Oliver, Cbeebies My World Kitchen.
- Try a recipe subscription box such as Gousto and learn to rustle up some quick and tasy new meals.
- Make a creative breakfast collage by arranging pieces of fruit to make a picture and cutting up toast or pancakes with cookie cutters.
- Practise your cake decorating and piping skills.
- For tiny tots, add some food colouring to milk and use it as an edible paint to paint bread. You can then pop it in the toaster and eat your colourful creation!
- Put together a family recipe book or folder of your favourite creations.
- Is someone in your family fussy about brands? Try a blindfold test taste with branded and supermarket-own products and see if they can really tell the difference.
- If your little ones are pestering you for snacks all day, set up a “Tuck shop” where you give them 50p or £1 a day and they can spend it by choosing from a menu of treats. This will teach them budgeting and numeracy skills and you can also make the least healthy options more expensive.
- Treat your family to a “Fakeaway” by cooking up some chicken nuggets and fries or classic fish and chips. You can even make your own happy meal boxes from coloured card and involve the kids with the decorating and making little “toys” to go inside. Repeat Crafter Me has some templates and instructions.
- Have a pizza decorating party by following this easy pizza recipe and making your own cheese and tomato masterpieces.
- Set a “Ready, Steady, Cook” style challenge with family and friends (via video) by making the most amazing dish you can with whatever random ingedients you have in the fridge or cupboard. You could also try selecting a page at random from a cookery book and try to replicate the recipe with the closest ingredients you have!
- Are you missing visiting your favourite restaurant? Take turns with your partner to create a restaurant experience at home by getting out the fancy tableware and candles and making your own menu. I really enjoyed this “Mum and Dad’s Restaurant” that one couple did for their kids.
- Have your own family “bake off” and see who can bake and decorate the best cake or biscuit sculpture.
- Have a teddy bear’s picnic or barbecue in the garden if the weather is nice, or a fancy tea part indoors.
- Pinterest has a wealth of wonderful recipes to try.
Over to you!
What’s your favourite dish to cook or bake at home? Let me know in the comments.