DIY Kids Cooking Camp

When summer arrives, parents often breathe a sigh of relief to have school in the rearview. And yet, a little bit of structure and activity goes a long way in helping kids stay engaged during the open-ended days of summer—and not always reaching for the nearest electronic device. Our farmers say hit the kitchen and design your own Kids Cooking Camp this summer.

Cooking with kids is deliciously fun. Why not design your own kids cooking camp this summer? Our kid-friendly recipes teach useful kitchen skills, add a dash of math and science, and produce scrumptious results you can enjoy together. Click To Tweet

Cooking with kids is deliciously fun. And, if you choose recipes and dishes appropriate for their age, can be a wonderful way to teach useful kitchen skills, while adding a dash of math and science, not to mention produce scrumptious results the whole family can enjoy together. Our kid-friendly recipes are specially selected to be packed with healthy, easy-to-prepare dishes that kids will love cooking and eating, from Air Fryer Cheddar Meatballs to Taco Waffle Fry Nachos to Cheesy Chicken and Rice Skillet.

Not sure where to start, or what level of kitchen activity your kids are ready for? No worries. Our easy idnfographic reference guide breaks down how to cook with kids of all ages, from pre-school to high school, with recipes that introduce age-appropriate kitchen skills.


Get the fun started with these kid-approved Cabot recipes. Make a week-long camp out of it with a different recipe every day, or mix it up in whatever way works best for you.

Kids Mac and Cheese: The perfect classic comfort dish comes together quickly for a hearty, cheesy, dinner. Kids with love helping to make the creamy cheese sauce made with Extra Sharp cheddar.

  • Preschool-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Opening packages, measuring the grated cheese, stovetop safety basics, and whisking in the flour can help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Elementary-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Measuring the butter, flour and milk, cutting the butter, mixing the pasta with the sauce, and grating the cheddar help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Teen and Tween kitchen skills in this recipe: Cooking recipes with multiple steps, learning to make a basic roux, and cooking pasta help to teach kitchen basic and safety skills.

Strawberry Yogurt Pops with Shortbread Crumble: Fresh strawberries and creamy Greek Yogurt make these popsicles a healthier option for cooling down this summer.

  • Preschool-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Crushing the shortbread cookies, measuring the strawberries and sugar, and helping insert popsicle sticks help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Elementary-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Dicing the strawberries, using a blender with supervision, and measuring the yogurt help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Teen and Tween kitchen skills in this recipe: Learning to use kitchen appliances, like a blender, is an important life skill for teens and tweens to master.


Cheddar Cheese Straws: Cheesy, and snackable, the whole family will devour these buttery cheese straws.

  • Preschool-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Opening packages, measuring the grated cheese, spreading flour and using a rolling pin help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Elementary-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Measuring the butter and flour, cutting the butter, rolling out the dough, and grating the cheddar help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Teen and Tween kitchen skills in this recipe: Baking recipes with multiple steps, using a food processor and rolling out dough help teach teens the basics of baking.


Kids Snacking Board with Yogurt Dips: This snacking board is perfect for a balanced snack. Fruits and veggies are paired with two different yogurt dips – one savory, and one sweet! This snacking board is fun for the kids to assemble, and for the whole family to enjoy.

  • Preschool-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Mixing the ingredients for both dips help with math and fine motor skills, and arranging the ingredients on the snacking board will unleash their inner artist.
  • Elementary-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Measuring and mixing the dips, and slicing the softer vegetables and fruits like strawberries and peppers can reinforce fine motor skills.
  • Teen and Tween kitchen skills in this recipe: All steps of this recipe, from shopping to chopping, can be completed by your teen and will give them a sense of accomplishment to provide a beautiful snack for the entire family.


Cheddar Gougères: The perfect recipe to introduce your kids to baking! This classic French recipe is a staple for a savory and delicious snack.

  • Preschool-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Opening packages, measuring the grated cheese, stovetop safety basics, and whisking in the flour can help to reinforce math and fine motor skills.
  • Elementary-aged kitchen skills in this recipe: Cracking the eggs and forming the Gourgères can help fine motor skills, while stirring the dough can teach stovetop safety.
  • Teen and Tween kitchen skills in this recipe: Creating the dough on the stovetop will help master stovetop safety, and the multiple steps will help teens with their ability to follow instructions


We hope these recipes get your summer off to a delicious start and help make some unforgettable memories. Thank you for supporting our farm-family owners who put their all into bringing the world’s finest dairy products to your family’s table.

Comments (1)

Claudia Barona | July 11, 2020 | 12:32pm

Great idea

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