How Cooking Games Can Inspire Young Chefs

We all like to encourage our kids to be creative in the kitchen, but there are more ways than one to keep their passion for food ignited. Wild foraging, blind taste tests or raiding the recipe books for new dinner ideas you can cook together are all great ways to engage kids with real food.

If however, your struggling to drag them away from Angry Birds there could be another way to inspire them that is becoming popular with parents and kids. Games websites such as MyGames4Girls.com have cooking games which encourage children to embrace many different recipes, while simultaneously increasing their culinary ambition.

Educational tool for kids to learn about food

girls playing on tabletJust as grown-up will watch cooking shows or YouTube video ‘How To’ videos, games which have recipes integrated within them expose children to the amazing potential of food. They make them aware that food is something for them to appreciate, share and experiment with (not just eat). These games educate children on different foods from around the world and encourage them to find out more about foods that they may never had heard of previously.

Whether your child loves cupcakes or salads, sushi or hotpot – they’ll find something within these games that they will love which can be a a handy tool for fussy eaters. Food games encourage them to broaden their minds and familiarise them with new cuisine. After all, not many children could follow a virtual recipe without wanting to try it out in real life…

Of course, the best way to cook is to don an apron, scrub up and get cooking for real! But on the days where they fancy doing something less practical, there are cooking games on this site include step by step instructions alongside characters who enact the cooking on the screen (when prompted by the user).

Learn How To Wrap a Virtual Tortilla!

game wrapping a tortillaThis game teaches users to make chicken chimichangas – a Mexican recipe. It even demonstrates the best way to wrap a tortilla!

Other games include a fully integrated recipe that users can look at before or after playing the game. Not only does this educate kids on which foods are contained within certain recipes, but it also allows them to envision how making the recipe would play out in reality, and sometimes how the food would taste.

This could be a useful introduction to foods before going on holiday or a restaurant outing with friends.

The ultimate goal of these games is to captivate youngsters who love to cook, and intrigue those who have never really been exposed to cooking. They embrace a child’s creativity and inspire them to be innovative in the kitchen. Not only that; but they educate children on new foods, ingredients and recipes. Parents can even play along and test their children throughout the games, watching their curiosity about food grow.

primary school girls cookingWhat better way to spark your child’s imagination and set their ambitions in motion? After all, every chef has to start somewhere. The next step? Heading to a real-life cookery class, of course!

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Summer Berry and White Chocolate Cupcakes

Blackberries are a great ingredient to add to sweeten and excite things up, along with packing in one of your 5 a day. They are best picked towards the end of Summer until the beginning of Autumn when they are most ripe and juicy. Finding blackberries is easy, when you know what to look for. You will usually find them growing around and on bramble bushes, field hedgerows, along the borders and of course if you get seriously stuck – in Pick Your Own farms!

Here Are Some Handy Tips For Choosing That Perfect Blackberries.

  • The best berries are the ones that are off the common trail footpaths and on rougher ground, these are for the more serious pickers.
  • Be extra cautious when approaching blackberry bushes, as they are covered in thorns and you’re more than likely going to get scratched. Wearing thick gloves and long sleeves can help prevent children’s tears.
  • The darker the berry the better it is, as it will be riper tasting just right. Try not to pick blackberries when they are red as they maybe un-ripe and taste rather bitter. If the berry easily pops off as you pull it then it is nice and ripe.
  • Once picked eat them within a day or two or keep them within a cool dry place. Blackberries freeze well, so do not be afraid to freeze them if you want to save them for a rainy day. Spread a single layer of the unwashed berries on to a foil covered tray, just so they don’t stick together, and place into the freezer until solid.

Why not have a look and try out our brilliant Blackberry and White Chocolate Cupcake recipe below or visit our Top 20 Blackberry Recipes on our Pintrest board at http://pinterest.com/cookerydoodledo/blackberry-recipes/