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The 411: Youth


Say yes to Mess




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How to cook up a mess with kids

• Baking and basic food assembly is the easiest way to branch into messy culinary play. Cut up fruits and vegetables to make fun faces, or simply mix together homemade dough to play with and shape. (See recipe)

• Age is just a number! Allow even the youngest chef to help by pouring ingredients like flour, sugar and eggs into a bowl.

• Start simple. No-bake cookies, smoothies and sandwiches are a great start. If using a cookbook, start with one that has pictures for each instruction.

• Pour on the praise! No matter the outcome, always encourage their effort. Remember, practice makes perfect.

• Spills happen. Take it in stride and simply use the opportunity to teach clean-up. Clean applicable sur faces with Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach, especially after using eggs or raw meat.

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough*
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup honey
Optional texture items: raisins, coconut, crushed graham crackers
Mix the first three ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Add optional texture items.

*Not for children with peanut allergies.
 

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