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No Summer Camp? Here Are Tons of Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy

Free and cheap activities, plus resources to keep the kids entertained this summer

Vicky McDonald

Published on: June 15, 2022

No Summer Camp? Here Are Tons of Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy


Ideas for kids who love cooking

Cooking is an important life skill to learn, and this summer is a great time to encourage your budding chef to take a little more responsibility in the kitchen.

Parents will need to be on hand to teach kids basics, help weigh ingredients and operate the stove. 

Ideas to get you started

  • If you are cooking with a preschooler, be sure to read our tips for success, and less mess! Then, try some of these easy bakes that are perfect for your pint-size sous chef. 
  • For slightly older kids, try these simple lunch recipes that are all achievable with a little help from parents. 
  • Tweens and teens will love these impressive celebration treats — maybe Belgian rainbow waffles or funfetti cinnamon rolls? Or try these Insta-worthy recipes, which are bound to impress their friends. 
  • Once they have mastered some of the basics, have them make one of these DIY dinners. Let them come up with the menu and decide on the accoutrements for dinner.

Tips for success

Invest in some kid-safe nylon knives for tot chefs and a cute but functional apron set.

Encourage a little family competition. ParentMap writer Diana Cherry has hosted a cake war competition among her kids, complete with virtual judges (family members online) to up the ante.

Kids who love cooking should also check out the monthly theme-based recipe contest put on by Kids Cooking Activities

More resources

Invest in a subscription to Raddish Kids and get monthly culinary activities delivered to your doorstep. Each kit contains a different culinary theme. All recipes are illustrated, laminated and include step-by-step instructions.

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