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Kidstir: Teach Your Kids to Cook

Kidstir: Teach Your Kids to Cook

I am so excited to share the Kidstir program with you!  If you have young children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren, listen up, because this one is for you!

I firmly believe that the earlier we teach children about good nutrition, and the earlier you teach your kids to cook, the more they will carry it with them for the rest of their lives.  Now, it’s certainly not ever too late to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, but it’s a lot easier to do when you have had life-long experience with it.  You can read more about teaching kids about nutrition in this post.

I came across Kidstir.com while I was doing some research for another blog post, and I was instantly intrigued.  The site was founded by three moms who are working on raising their own children to understand what good food is all about.  They believe that the way to make that happen is to make healthy eating fun, and educate them about their choices.  Once I read this bio, I was sold because it pretty much describes the way I am raising my own kids.  You should know though, that they aren’t just moms; they also have experience as cookbook authors and chefs.  Even better!

So what exactly is Kidstir?

Kidstir is a monthly subscription service that focuses on sending kids hands-on healthy cooking kits.  Kids get to build their own cookbooks, try new foods, and learn about where food comes from.

Let’s break down what comes in each kit.  Every month, your child will receive 3 different recipes, with step-by-step directions.  The kits are usually themed by the current month, which I’ll talk more about later.  There are also a few teaching pages, where kids learn about different foods.  In the kit, there are also 2 kid-friendly cooking tools, shopping lists, games, and puzzles.  If you go with a 12-month subscription, you will also get a free small binder to store all of the recipes and educational sheets.

Next, let’s investigate pricing.  The longer the subscription, the cheaper the price.  If you want to get a 1 to 3 month subscription, it will cost you $15.95 per month.  A 6 month subscription costs $14.50 per month.  The 12-month subscription costs $12.95 per month, plus you get the recipe binder.  No matter which subscription you choose, you will also get 2 years of one of the following magazines: Family Fun, Parents, or Rachael Ray.  Personally, I think the 12-month subscription is very reasonable, considering all that you get.

The Benefits

The company claims that kids will learn important life skills in the kitchen, and I agree.  Letting kids be a part of the grocery shopping and cooking is huge.  Another perk is that it creates a quality time activity for busy families.  You aren’t just sitting there watching TV; you are actually doing something fun together, and learning in the process.  And of course, children are going to learn about balanced nutrition.  The Kidstir recipes include a great combination of healthy foods and fun treats.

The Test

I decided to try the kit out with my 5-year-old daughter.  She has been raised in a very healthy household, where treats are also allowed occasionally.  She has helped me cook and bake since she was 2, so I knew she would love this.  I told her all about it, and she was excited, but the real joy didn’t show up until that first Kidstir box arrived.

Our First Kit

The first kit we received was the Sandwich Shop Kit.  This arrived in August right before back-to-school time, so it was perfect.  The three sandwich recipes included Pack n’ Go Pinwheels, Turkey Club Subs, and Egg Salad Puzzlers.  The two tools in this kit were a sandwich spreader and a puzzle sandwich tool.

 

My daughter immediately decided that she wanted to make lunch for her daddy, and she picked the Turkey Club Sub.  We started by cooking the bacon in the oven, which is a lot safer and a lot less messy for kids.  Once the bacon was cooked, I helped by cutting the roll and tomatoes, but she did all the rest.  She used her spreader tool to spread the mayo on the roll, then she layered all of the other ingredients on top.  She was so proud to serve this sandwich to her dad, who loved it, by the way.

Even though we didn’t make the other two sandwiches, my daughter still loved playing with the puzzle tool.  After she received this first kit, her interest in cooking skyrocketed.  She would ask me all the time to pull down bowls and other tools for her so she could pretend to cook and bake.  She could not wait to get the next kit.

The November Kit

I am jumping ahead to the November kit we received, which was the Gobbling Good Fixings Kit. It included recipes for Zesty Cranberry Sauce, Awesome Apple Stuffing, and Popcorn Bread.  She received a kid-sized apron, which she put on immediately, and a spoon tool.  There were also these cute place cards that she could use to put on the table on Thanksgiving.

We both agreed that we wanted to try the Popcorn Bread recipe, since we had never heard of anything like it before.  We used our air popper to pop up some popcorn, which is always fun for kids to watch.  Then we ground up the popcorn in the food processor.  Next, my daughter mixed up all of the ingredients to make the batter.  She poured it in a pan, and it went into the oven to bake.  After it cooled, our whole family was excited to try it.  It was delicious!  Pretty much like corn bread, but made with popcorn.

Again, this kit left my daughter very excited to see her cookbook binder growing with new recipes, and her personal kitchen tool collection getting bigger too.  It has been a joy to watch her get so into this.  We are eagerly waiting for our next Kidstir kit!

If you have young children, I highly recommend Kidstir kits for them.  They are fun, educational, and help you spend more time together as a family.  They would make a great birthday, holiday, or any time gift.   Use the link below to get started, and teach your kids to cook!

**This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission if you decide to subscribe to Kidstir. However, this is my completely honest review and you are by no means obligated to use my links. If you do, thanks so much for supporting my site.

 



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