Today I have something special for you, it is a recipe my son made 100% on his own. He brought out sticks (reusable drink stirrers) and asked to put bananas on it and freeze it. I gave him the go-ahead and he spent 30 minutes cutting the bananas with a butter knife and threading them onto the stick, Natalia even helped him some. He then put them in the freezer for his, Natalia’s and Valerie’s afternoon snack. I did not even step foot in the kitchen during this.
Why am I sharing a “recipe” that is nothing but frozen bananas? I realize it is not the typical thing I share here, but it really is something we make frequently and the kids love. The secret is the Popsicle stick because then it is that much more special.
I am also sharing it because it seemed the perfect vehicle to tell you about a post I wrote on Kitchen Stewardship (where I contribute) about involving young kids in the kitchen. While I already wrote here about how important I think it is I wanted to give some practical tips.
I wrote out some of the many ways I involve my kids in the kitchen, broken roughly by age. Everything from letting Valerie peel loose garlic and onion skin, to Natalia being the official ground beef cook, to instructing Christopher how to prep vegetables and him doing it himself.
As much as I have involved the kids in the kitchen though, this is the first time Christopher has ever made something 100% on his own. He even cleaned it up (I did have to enforce this) and got to serve it to his sisters. I figured I would share it as both an easy snack that is great to have around, and an idea if you are wanting a young child to get to make something on their own.
Here is how Christopher says to do it: “Cut bananas… and put them on a banana stick and put them on a board… a cutting board, and then put them in the freezer for this many *holds up ten fingers* days uhhh… 5 minutes.” (Note: The banana sticks can be either reusable drink stirrers, which is what we use, or Popsicle sticks. Freeze for a few hours not 5 minutes or 10 days. They do not get very hard, especially frozen in slices. So even Valerie was able to eat them.)