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DIY Dinners: Teaching Your Kids to Cook Colorfully

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My kids are picky. They will eat about as many items as you have fingers. Every night it’s the same thing. My wife swears they live on air.

There is one way, however, to get your kids to break out of their routine: Teach kids how to cook by having them take part in the meal-making process!

You know how proud they are of that finger painting swirl? They feel the same way when they participate in cooking the meal. They have pride in what they have created and want to share it with the family.

Our boys have loved baking since they were old enough to stand on a stool and stir a bowl. Now we’ve been involving them in DIY dinners, and there is nothing easier than having a family fiesta night to get them pitching in and trying something new.

Here’s what happened when we tried it …

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    DIY Dinners: Teach Kids How To Cook Colofully
  • Make It Colorful 2 of 8
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    The more colorful your meal, the healthier it is. A fiesta night is filled with bright greens, oranges, yellows, and reds. The meal is so colorful that it is appealing to their eyes and easy for them to make something healthy.

  • Still Need A Grown-Up 3 of 8
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    With the cooking of the beef/chicken and the chopping of the vegetables, the boys realize they are welcome in the kitchen, but some things are still saved for Mom and Dad.

  • Quesadillas! 4 of 8
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    This is a bit of a move forward for our oldest. He likes all the ingredients, but has resisted them when we make them. So he hopped up on the stool and picked all his favorite ingredients to put into his quesadilla. Bright peppers, some ground beef and cheese!

  • Trying New Things! 5 of 8
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    He's had hamburgers, and cheese quesadillas before, but never all together. He made it, he's trying it and he likes it!

  • Tacos! 6 of 8
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    Our little guy gets in on the act of picking some things for his colorful taco.

  • Omonomnom 7 of 8
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    Charlie is even pickier than his brother, but digs right in to his new creation!

  • Breaking Down Barriers 8 of 8
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    Involving the kids in the process makes dinner less of a chore, and more of a party. You get to pick and choose different things and it's easy to sneak new items in on a colorful plate of options. This is the perfect time to show them what healthy eating is and turn dinner into a fun family activity.

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