Rainy Day Cooking Projects for Kids

Raining again? Be brave, roll up those sleeves and get stuck in with these fun and easy cooking projects.

Beautiful African American woman and her daughter cooking in the kitchen

Save the kids and your home from a day of curtain swinging with these projects that will keep kids of all ages happy, focused and hopefully out of trouble.

We’ve chosen simple, fun recipes that will keep kids involved every step of the way. Every recipe comes with a list of all the equipment you will need, as young children tend to have fairly short attention spans, so being extra prepared is key to a successful cooking experience.

Sunshine burgers

kids recipe

The lovely thing about this recipe is you can simply let your kids cook free-style as there is barely any formal weighing involved. Releasing them from the confines of the recipe gives them much more freedom to get creative and use their own judgment in the kitchen. Plus there is lots of good squidgy fun to be had mixing everything up with your hands.

Cheese & spinach pasties


If Popeye hasn’t quite done the trick on the spinach front, then these easy cheesy pasties should get a bit of the green stuff in them. Rolling out pastry and using cutters will be a skill transferred from all that playing with modelling dough. If you position them square to the tabletop, they will be able to get their weight over the pastry, which will make life much easier – oh and don’t forget that pinny.

Pack them up in their school lunchbox so they can show off their homemade creations to friends or simply devour them for lunch.

Pumpkin risotto

kids recipe

Taking the kids for a spot of pumpkin picking (or purchasing)? Get them using this seasonal veg for more than comical carvings. You can adapt the recipe to suit children of all ages, so this is a good one for cooking with a brood. Everyone will enjoy having a go at bashing the garlic in the bag and older hands can get stuck into snipping spring onions with small scissors – just make sure everyone gets a fair go at stirring!


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