Things We Like: Kid-Friendly Cooking with Harlow’s Harvest

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If your kids love getting their hands dirty in the kitchen, Harlow's Harvest is a great way to start! Mom Reporter, Tina Pratt, discovered that there is more to cooking with your kids than just the ingredients.

My kids love to help out in the kitchen, and have been asking for more and more independence with helping with the cooking!

Recently, my 8-year-old boy began making toast by himself, and he has been beaming with pride over it. Now my 5-year-old girl wants to cook alone, too! EEK! I am not ready for that – or at least I didn’t think I was! Insert, Harlow’s Harvest. My little raccoons ripped open the box and wanted to get started right away. I on the other hand, took my time looking over the amazing resources. Harlow’s Harvest not only provides recipes for kids, but it provides lessons on kitchen tools, math, science, daily living skills and more.

Every recipe comes on a durable kid-friendly card. The recipe cards include nutritional information, ingredients needed, fun activities and awesome step-by-step visual directions – also known as a visual task analysis in applied behavior analysis! The box also included an apron with a pin to track their progress, a kitchen tool, directions on how to use the kitchen tool, a sensory experiment, and a science experiment. My favorite part, it also included a grocery list and budget list for each recipe!

I love that Harlow’s Harvest not only provides kids with kitchen instruction, but it also provides real-life experiences to build up to making each recipe. My kids had a lot of fun estimating their budgets and then calculating out the exact cost of each recipe.

Finally, it was time to cook! We didn’t let them have total free access to the kitchen, but we let them work together to guide us in their recipe. The first recipe they wanted to make was the yummy chocolate chip biscotti – it was so delicious! They are excited to try the next two recipes soon! I am anxious to receive another box, and get some more hands-on learning!

For more information and to have a fun experience cooking with your kids, too, go to harlowsharvest.com.

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!

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