Involving Your Child in Family Barbecue Preparations

Posted by simplystavish in Blog, summer on Wed, May 30, 2012

grape and strawberry fruit kabobsMy favorite summer memories involve family barbecue’s, swimming at night and floating down a river in an inner tube. The smell of the food cooking alone is enough to make me happy and my stomach growl. There are many different ways you can get your child in involved in summer family barbecue preparations, to create lifelong memories.

Crazy About Kabobs
I don’t know what it is about putting your food on your stick but kids go absolutely nuts over it. Older children can help cut up the food and younger children can put the food on the kabobs. Be sure to soak your kabob sticks for at least 30 minutes prior to using them, to prevent them from catching fire. Try out these fun kabob’s at your next barbecue:
Entrée: Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs otherwise known as Orange Caterpillars on a Stick
Side Dish: Cheese and Vegetable Sticks- cube carrots, cucumbers, green, red and yellow peppers, mozzarella cubes and whole wheat bread. Place on a skewer and serve with ranch dip dressing.
Dessert: Fruit Kabobs with Dip

Little Sous Chef

  • Marinating the meat- if your kids love to get their hands dirty this is the job for them. It also is a great time to teach them about food safety and proper hand washing.
  • Shucking the corn- Nothing says summer like grilled corn on the cob hot off the grill, but the process of getting there can be a hassle. Why not teach your child how to shuck corn so your days of dealing with the silky hair are over?

Table Set Up

  • Older children can help younger children pick flowers from outside to set in a vase and place on the table
  • Use white butcher block paper on the picnic table and have your child color the tablecloth using crayons or colored pencils.

Delicious Dessert
One of the easiest summer barbecues desserts to make are Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches. This is a fun way to teach your child about the importance of sequencing during cooking.

Do you have any family barbecue traditions? What are some of your favorite summer childhood memories?

About Mindi Stavish

Mindi is a working mom with two silly boys, Xander (age 3) and Noah (age 1). She spends her work days helping children with their speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about their silly antics at Simply Stavish where she also writes a weekly feature with lots of information about child language, speech and feeding development. In her less than free time, she feeds her yarn addiction and knits. Her phone is never far from her and you can find her filling her social media addictions on Twitter, Facebook , Instagram at simplystavish, and Pinterest.

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