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Recipes Older Kids Can Make Themselves

These recipes are perfect for older kids to make by themselves for delicious after-school snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Please share your recipes for dishes that older kids can make by themselves, and we'll include them here. Have younger kids? Check out our recipes to make with kids!


Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

If desired, use mini cookie cutters (about the same size as the crackers) to cut the lunch meat pieces into fun shapes before packing the lunch box. Your child can then "construct"...
Mom’s Mango Smoothie

Mom’s Mango Smoothie

Move over milkshakes. There’s a new kid-favorite beverage in town: fruit smoothies. This refreshing and nutritious mango smoothie is so simple, most children will have...
Juicy Mango Wigglers

Juicy Mango Wigglers

Our made-from-scratch “wigglers” are made with all natural ingredients and no bright, neon artificial colors at all. SPECIAL OFFER: SchoolFamily.com readers can purchase...
Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot cake may sound “healthy,” but that’s often not the case. We turn carrot cake into carrot cupcakes and create a batter and frosting that has bragging rights when...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

This is a terrific recipe for any day of the year, but is especially well-suited to Halloween! Start the day off right with a festive breakfast of bagels, pumpkin cream cheese,...
Hot Dog and Spaghetti Creatures

Hot Dog and Spaghetti Creatures

Young children can help cut up the hot dogs, break the dry spaghetti sticks in half, and make the creatures. And then they can eat them!
Kiwi Wraps

Kiwi Wraps

These wraps can be served as traditional wrap sandwiches or they can be sliced into pieces, like a sushi roll, for bite-sized treats.
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Though pancakes taste best fresh from the griddle, they can be frozen, thawed, reheated, and enjoyed at a later time. To freeze, place cooled pancakes between layers of wax...
Emergency Chocolate Cookie Fix

Emergency Chocolate Cookie Fix

Vegetable Omelet

Vegetable Omelet

If you grow vegetables, then this is the omelet for you! It's delicious made with cooked summer squash and zucchini—veggies that grow in abundance in summer gardens. Add...
Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

This simple recipe is packed with vegetables and can easily be adapted to your family's tastes. Use whatever canned vegetables you find in the pantry or change it up by steaming...
  Lunchbox Turkey-Cranberry Tortilla Bites

Lunchbox Turkey-Cranberry Tortilla Bites

Serve this healthy lunch with a box of raisins and a few animal crackers.
French Bread Bake

French Bread Bake

Since this recipe must chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour—or overnight—it's perfect to assemble in advance and then place in the oven to bake just in time...

Spinach Lasagna

Though this recipe calls for baking the lasagna, the oven should not be preheated! Instead, the dish is placed in a cold oven, which is then heated to 350 F—the preheating...
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

My boys love helping with this easy cookie recipe. They especially love unwrapping the "Kisses" and putting them on top, one cookie at a time. They also enjoy putting the...