Spending time in the kitchen with your child preparing a snack recipe amounts to real quality time. Children that help to follow instructions in food preparation get to implement early math skills as they practice measuring and dividing and doubling ingredients; they will also practice fine-motor skills as they learn to accurately pour, stir, crack eggs and unscrew lids. Recipe preparation offers an opportunity for a parent and child to strengthen and enrich their relationship as they work together to produce something enjoyable.
The right recipe for this teamwork is vital. Too time-consuming or difficult and your child will lose interest, and many steps that involve advanced skills will only frustrate him. The steps must involve easy measurements, simple motor movements such as stirring, spooning and leveling, and the end result must be delicious.
This recipe is quick and easy, with few ingredients that most people already have at home. There is ample opportunity for a child to be involved in its preparation, and the finished product is always a hit. Just always remember that keeping your ingredients fresh is an important part of a recipe’s success, so make sure to keep ingredients in the fridge until you are ready to use them — your child can carefully get everything out that is needed.
Line a rectangular tin with foil. Into a large bowl, have your child crush 1 cup of cream-filled cookies with his clean hands. To the crushed cookies add 8 tablespoons of fine coconut, 1 cup of pecans that your child has crushed with a rolling pin, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Your child can mix everything thoroughly, and then make a well in the center of the mixture.
In a small pan or microwave-safe bowl, place 2/3 cup of plain chocolate that your child has broken into pieces, 1/2 cup of butter and 2 tablespoons of honey. Either microwave on high for one minute or heat on the stove, until the mixture is melted and smooth.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients, and have your child use a wooden spoon to stir it until well-combined. He can then use his hands to press the mixture firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Into the fridge it goes for thirty minutes, and then it can be cut into squares.
This recipe requires steps that even a young child can carry out, with readily-available, easily-prepared ingredients. You and your child can make the recipe, and then reward yourselves afterward with a delicious, well-deserved snack.