Something my granddaughter and I like to do together--bake. As grandma, I love including her in every part of the process-- (Well most steps. The oven is my territory.)
There are some textures and tastes she's not excited about--She's four! But when you include kids, they are more likely to try new things.
The base was this mix from Think.Eat.Live, made with sunflower seed flour, higher in protein and fiber.
--Science as we explore the changes that occur in ingredients
--Gross motor skills with the hammering and the stirring
--Early literacy as we read directions on the package or a recipe
--Math with all the measuring
--and so much more.
They turned out DELICIOUS! A nice pop of raspberries and chocolate in every bite. Of course, I sent some home with her, but apparently they didn't taste quite as good at home as at grandma's house. haha Isn't that the way it is? The big reason she ate a whole muffin after we baked them was because--she made them! Its not something she'd normally like, but this is a great way to get kids to try new things.
I put the extra muffins in the freezer in order to enjoy a quick breakfast with a cup of coffee every now and then. Warmed in the microwave makes the flavor from those berries and chips really pop. YUM!
---and guess what?-- the end product (which was more like a pancake) was actually edible and pretty good (even though it had watermelon in it!) She ate one and so did I.
Cooking is like the internet--you can't be afraid to explore.