Kids in the Kitchen – summer activities to keep them busy!

It’s midsummer, the school holidays are in full swing and it’s hard to come up with new ways to keep the kids busy on long summer days!  If you find yourself at home with a full house, we have a few fun summer activities to keep them busy in the kitchen.

In a world where everything is ready-made on the supermarket shelves, it’s wonderful to show kids how with the help of an adult, some simple ingredients and methods they can create delicious treats for everyone!

Cake time

A home cooked sponge cake can be one of the most delicious cakes, especially when topped with fresh cream and jam!

With this simple recipe, even your youngest kitchen helper will be able to get stuck in and have fun baking.

Serves 8 people



225g self-raising flour.

225g butter, at room temperature.

225g caster sugar.

4 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder.



Jam of choice

Fresh raspberries and strawberries

  • * Tip: If you have a vegan in the house you can substitute the egg for chickpea water. The protein in the chickpea water acts as a great alternative so no one has to miss out on the home baking.


Before you begin, preheat the oven to 180 degrees so your oven is ready to go.

  • 1. Weigh all the ingredients and place in a large bowl.
  • 2. Mix all of the ingredients using an electric whisk, or let the kids get the mixing start with a hand whisk, then you can take over with the electric to finish.
  • 3. Pour the mixture into 2 non-stick 7 inch (18cm) tins.
  • 4. Put in the oven till golden brown 15-25 minutes.
  • 5. Allow your sponges to cool on a wire rack before serving.

For the filling

  • 1. Shake up the freshly whipped cream with the Kilner Cream Shake & Make. This is a fun, child-friendly way to shake up some delicious whipped cream for your sponge cake.
  • 2. Crush fresh raspberries or strawberries to layer on your sponge or use your favourite jam
  • * Tip: If the house is full of chocolate lovers, layer Nutella in the middle of your sponge instead of jam and cream for an easy chocolatey sponge!

Now for the best bit! Once your sponge is nicely cooled, gather you’re your filling of choice and let the kids get stuck in layering on the jam and cream with a spatula. Finally pop the layers together and enjoy!


Perfect Pancake

Making pancakes can be an excellent way to introduce children to cooking and pass a lazy morning.

The recipe for pancakes has four simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen most days and with our Pancake Maker, the method is super easy and perfect for the kids.



100g plain flour.

1 egg

300 ml milk.

1 tablsp melted butter or sunflower oil.


Add all your ingredients in the Pancake Maker, secure the lid and shake for 20- 30 seconds until the lumps are gone.

While you are cooking the pancakes, the kids can wash and prep blueberries, strawberries and set the table with their favourite toppings!

Cookie Monster!

Cookies always go down a treat! Make a large batch so the kids can enjoy the results of their hard work in the kitchen all week.

A classic chocolate chip recipe is a crowd pleaser and is simple enough that children can easily help out.

Makes about 30 cookies


150g butter

80g light brown sugar

80g sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

225g plain flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp salt

200g plain chocolate chip (always allow a little extra because as we know little ones can rarely resist tasting the delicious ingredients when helping in the kitchen!)


Before you start, preheat the oven to 190c. You will also need to line two baking trays with baking/greaseproof paper.

  • Add the butter, brown sugar and white sugar into a bowl and beat until creamy.
  • Then beat in the vanilla extract and egg.
  • Using a sieve, add the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl
  • Mix it in with a wooden spoon
  • Once mixed add the chocolate chips and stir well.

Finally, use a teaspoon to make small scoops of the mixture, spacing them well apart on the baking trays as they will spread as the mixture heats and cooks.

Cookies cook quickly so your batch should be ready in approximately 10minutes. Allow to fully cool on a wire tray before the kids get their hands on the cookies.

Happy Cooking!

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