7 ways to get the kids helping in the kitchen this Ramadan

How to cultivate young culinary superstars (and have some family fun)

Whether you’re fasting or not, Ramadan is the perfect time to take a step back and acknowledge the little things in life, like sharing a meal with friends and family and perhaps even cooking those dishes together. If you have little ones, now’s a great time to get them involved:

  1. Younger children will enjoy the responsibility of organising cutlery and controlling the table decorations. Name cards – particularly if you’re entertaining guests – are a cute, personal touch and will keep them entertained if the kitchen calls on you to carry out more demanding tasks.
  2. Bunting helps to give gatherings a celebratory feel. Download and print our template and get the kids to cut out the shapes and colour in the letters for an authentic look. Once they’ve done this, they can fold the edge of the triangle over a piece of string, stick and hang up.
  3. Cookies are the child-friendly answer to baking. Our tahini, sesame, and dark chocolate cookies and orange, date and walnut cookies are simple to prepare and serve as great gifts for your guests to take home. They can be made and frozen ahead of time, ready to pop in the oven when hunger strikes.
  4. Snacks and sides allow for little ones to ease into the cooking process. Tasks such as sprinkling paprika through hummus and spreading on the top of these easy pass-around pittas are brilliant learning curves that serve as the foundations to skills they will develop later on. You can even get them to play host and serve to guests.
  5. Cake decoration breeds creativity. This recipe for honey cake with orange blossom cream calls for figs but nothing is stopping you from letting the littles ones go wild and top with dates, chocolates and whatever takes their fancy.
  6. What’s more fun than food on sticks? Not a lot. Shish tawook earns its place at many a spread; younger helpers will love placing the meat onto skewers and arranging around a pot of dip.
  7. You can still involve the kids if you’re attending an iftar by creating a homemade gift for the host. Chocolate covered dates, treasure boxes and fruity studded chocolate are a trio of delights that will impress any recipient… just watch the little ones don’t eat them first!

Speaking of iftar, if you’re looking for an instant success we’ve got a few essential ingredients that are sure to help you along the way.