Fun Recipes for Kids

fun recipes for kids

A fun way to educate children about the world is through their palettes! When looking for fun recipes for kids, consider international recipes! Kids will love creating food with recipes from Puerto Rico, Africa, Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, and around the globe. This makes cooking with the family more than just making dinner, but a geography lesson as well!

Cooking is a great way for kids to learn about different cultures. Sometimes the food is very inexpensive and that meal is eaten daily or several times a day. Explain to your children about poverty and how they can impact the world by helping others.

Food connects people globally, so use food to teach about the world without taking an international vacation. Have your children locate the difference countries on a map and encourage them to research the area—neighboring countries, bodies of water, languages spoken, and religions.

Fun recipes for kids turn cooking into learning!

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Arroz con Leche
Arroz con Leche

The Spanish name of this Colombian-style rice pudding translates to “rice with milk.”

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Thai Omelet
Thai Omelet

In Thailand, omelets don’t include cheese, and they’re served on top of rice.

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Wild Mushroom Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup

During Mexico’s rainy summers, some families go mushroom hunting to make this soup.

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Puzzle Cookie

Cut this giant cookie into puzzle pieces, one for each member of your family.

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Baião de Dois

This recipe including rice and black-eyed peas is popular in northeast Brazil.

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Colombian Arepas

Kids in South American countries like Colombia love these corn-flour cakes. You can slice open the cooked cakes and fill them with cheese, beans or meat.

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Khao Ber

A meal of rice and pork comes from Kitjaroen.

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Oop Bla

A fish-soup recipe from Thailand.

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Guava Juice

For a refreshing breakfast smoothie, try this drink from Colombia.

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These snacks are popular in Rwanda. They’re similar to doughnuts and fun for special occasions!

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Besitos de Coco

Coconut kisses are a favorite treat in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands, such as the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

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Baked Yams

Children in Ghana like to eat yams for lunch. Yams are often fried, but this healthier version is baked.

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Creamy Lemon Pie

This recipe comes from a camp in Pennsylvania that teaches kids how to cook while also helping people in poverty.

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West African Peanut Soup

In West African countries like Burkina Faso and Togo, people use locally grown vegetables to make soups and stews. Soups are often vegetarian, since many people can’t afford to buy meat.

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People in Burkina Faso love to eat this dish with stews and soups (try it with the West African Peanut Soup). It’s similar to a dish called ugali in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Mango Jam

Mangos are popular in many tropical countries where Compassion sponsors help children.

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Toasted Corn Nuts

Children in the Philippines enjoy snacking on karoke, which are toasted corn nuts, and you can, too!

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Brigadeiro is a special treat for children in Brazil. Mix up a batch to give to your friends!

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Mexican Iced Chocolate

Chocolate has a long history in Mexico, dating all the way back to the Aztecs!

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Golden Couscous

Couscous is a popular food in Africa and Asia. You’ll find couscous at most grocery stores, in boxes and in the bulk aisle. Serves 8.

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East African Chapati

Chapati is a thin, round flatbread common in East Africa. Children in Rwanda enjoy it as a snack with milk or tea, or as a meal with stew. Serves 4.

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This recipe from Ecuador makes three stuffed pastries.

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Spanish Recipes
Black Bean Nachos

With the help of an adult, you will soon be munching on these yummy nachos topped with beans and spices.

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A Hot and Tasty Snack
A Hot and Tasty Snack

Many kids don't eat snacks because their families don't have enough food. But children at Compassion centers get snacks like this one.

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