Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kids Cooking and Sewing review and giveaway! CLOSED



Some of a child's best memories are created while spending time with mom or dad. My own mother and I shared many memories in the kitchen. I remember my favorite thing to make with her was cookies. We made all sorts of cookies like sugar cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal and my favorite, candy cane cookies. Now a mother myself, my own kids are always begging to help me cook. Allowing them to help wasn't as easy as I had expected it to be. I have found that some recipes just don't call for children's hands. Some recipes are just not children friendly. I am so excited to share with you "Kids Cooking Activities". This is a site geared toward children who love to cook and parents who are beginnings to show their children around the kitchen. This wonderful site has a variety of information and supplies for you and your child to use. I have been able to review several of their ebooks includeing an ebook from their sewing site called "Kids Sewing Projects".
Since my son is a little to young for sewing we have yet to try out the sewing projects. l can tell you how fun the sewing projects look. They are all organized by levels, starting with level one. Each project you pass prepares you for the next level which is a more advanced sewing project. All of these projects items the children can use and display in the home.
As for the cooking ebooks I recieved the Cooking Unit which included four books. All ebooks included wonderful information. Our favorite had to be the Kids Cooking Lessons. This has made cooking in the kitchen so much easier for my children and I. It has provided me with tips on how to get my kids involved and how to teach them kitchen safety. Like the sewing ebook, Kids Cooking Lessons is also set up with levels. There is the Assistant Chef (ages 3-6 years), Chef In Training (ages 7-11), the Junior Chef (ages 12-15) and the Senior Chef (ages 16-19). Each of these age groups are provide with all the information they need to succeed in the kitchen. Since my son is 4 we gave been focusing on being Assistant Chefs. I have seen my sons confidence grow and I have been proud of his love for helping mommy cook. Even my youngest wants to get in all the fun (although her idea of helping is a little different then mine).



Each level has its own recipes that the age group can use. My son and I have had so much fun trying them. The great part about the recipes in the Assistant Chef section is that they can be used for parties and play groups. In our neighborhood we have set up a schedule where once a week a different couple wathes all the kids so the other couples can go out on a date. I love planning crafts and activities for the kids. This last time I decided that I would make "Spider Crackers, a recipe from the book, with all of the children. It was a hit and all the children loved them. I made these with children ranging from ages 1-9. Everyone ate them too!
There is a lot of information in these ebook and I look forward to learning more. I think the sewing and cooking programs are terrific for children who need to develop their skills, children who love love cooking and families who love spending time together.

Giveaways:
Their will be two winners. One will win the Cooking Lessons for Kids and another person will win Sewing Projects for Kids.

To Enter Decide which you are most interested in (sewing or cooking for kids). Which ever you want to win, you must visit that specific site wether it be "Kids Cooking Activities" or "Kids Sewing Projects". Look around and come back to tell me something new you learned or liked about the site. You will find all their categories and topics on the left side bar.

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Rules: In order to win, you must provide a valid email. I will be notifying the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to me with their name and address. If this information is not received within 48 hours new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is opened to anyone who can download an ebook!

Giveaway Ends: March 31

77 comments:

Sue said...

I love this- I have a six year old son who is always with me in the kitchen so I'd love to have the Cooking e-book. I really liked the theme dinner idea on the site. My kids would think that's really cool. Thanks for sharing~

madmad59 said...

I love the site!, Trying to teach my four girls tips in the kitchen. I would like the "Cooking e-book" ... all the ideas on the cooking and sewing for kids is a blessing for any Mother! madly59

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andrea v said...

My 4 yr old loves to help me pour ingredients/Measure things. I would love the cooking one. thanks
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Liza767 said...

i would like the cooking best cuz i cant sew lol

Boost their self esteem. If your child needs a boost of self confidence, (and who doesn't!) cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family.

Crystal said...

Learning to cook allows children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

My two older children would love this. They love to "help" in the kitchen.

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Dina said...

I learned that Cooking teaches them planning and making choices.

Naddez said...

I learned that the sewing market is aiming to sell to a younger generation than in the past.

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Penelope said...

These are great! But how do I pick just one??! I guess I'll go with the sewing one. I learned on the site, that they are aiming to sell to a younger generation than in the past. This is great, because younger children can sew, too!

Jinxy said...

I'm super picky so this really excited me. Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but they will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.

Donna R. said...

My two grand-daughters love to cook. Thanks for the contest.

Janelle said...

I'd like to have Kids Cooking Activities. I like that they say: Kids learn real lessons in science, language, math and creativity. Cooking will help reinforce all these subjects!

Very cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

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DSW said...

My 5 year old loves to cook. The easy kid recipes are a great addition to their website.
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Selina said...

Both of my kids love to cook and I have been trying desperately to let them have more control in the kitchen (it's hard to do that!) I'd love to win the Cooking book. Like that it can help them with their self-esteem, we have been working on that one a bit with my son. Thanks for the chance. iclipalso(at)yahoo(dot)com

Maria D. said...

I really love that you can do themed cooking as well as cooking for the holidays. I can hardly wait to make something for thanksgiving with my Elena.

I am all about the Cooking over the Sewing. I am just not much of a sewing person. I am HUGE on cooking and am already teaching my 22 month old some things about being in the kitchen.

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littlelatina said...

my son would love the cooking lessons. He's eight and he loves to help me cook. He has a definite interest in it.

NimrodVern said...

Cooking helps "Practice creativity and imagination".

I can attest to that: my son loves to experiment with new flavors in the kitchen!

Sunnyvale said...

the cooking one sounds good and I agree kids are more likely to eat something they prepared

Ellen C. said...

I love the kid friendly hummus recipe. Thanks for the chance.

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jburden said...

So far, I have only made cookies with my 2 year old, and she LOVES it- I would love the cooking book to know what recipes are age appropriate for her now and later

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jennym said...

I have a 7 year old that loves to cook! I am looking for way to teach her more! This book would be great!

Mathea said...

I love the sewing info for kids. I never even thought about making a necklace out of cheerios which would be much better than candy! Thanks.
Mathea
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Deirdre said...

I like the cooking for kids..I love the list of the 10 reasons to cook with your kids.. all so true!

bison61 said...

I went to the cooking activities and I love the aprons-very cute. my grandkids love to help me bake

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tammy said...

All of their recipes and activities are kid-tested. :) Please enter me in the drawing for the cooking lessons. My daughter LOVES learning to cook.

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Kaye - SandwichINK said...

Hi, I came to visit for the Blog Party and discovered this fun contest. I would love the cooking e-book for my daughter with all her adorable little "susie homemakers." I know they'd have fun with it AND as the site says, "learn real lessons in science, language, math and creativity." :)

Sue D said...

Wow either one would be great to win. I already cook with my 3 year old granddaughter so this would be great to use as a resource. I like how it teaches math skills. In the future I plan on sewing with her and like how they had age appropriate projects. If I have to pick one I will go with the cooking.
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Tracysweetangl said...

I love this! They kids love to help in the kitchen! They like to cook! Thanks!

Karen said...

My son would LOVE this - he loves helping mommy in the kitchen :)

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deb postma said...

I love the sewing one. My daughter has been 'playing' on the sewing machine for over a year and it's time for her to learn some basics. I especially like their video links that show the sewing machine and fabric. (ardenpostma@aol.com)

Z said...

I would love to win these: I have two girls, one is almost 8 and the other is 3, both love to help out in the kitchen, and tho older one, Victoria, would love to learn to sew.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win these great books!
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Bovee Brigade said...

This is great! I would choose the sewing as I myself would need more direction with that than cooking. The website had some great first lessons for beginners, such as how to tie a knot, do a basic stitch. This is a useful website!
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Marianna said...

I love the list of ten reasons to cook with your kids! My son has been learning to cook lately!

Sarah said...

Wow, hard to choose. I homeschool and my 11 year old son has been asking me to learn how to sew, but he also loves cooking! I guess I will say sewing, since I am not sure how great a teacher I will be in that area. I did love that it mentioned it boosts their self esteem! My son can totally use that!!!

Kelly said...

Wow. Hard decision. I'm going to have to say cooking, because while I love to sew and do plan on teaching my kids, I think I'd need more HELP teaching them to cook - because I'm not that good at it myself. :-) So coming up with good ways to involve them in cooking is a lot harder for me.

janetfaye said...

At Kids Cooking I learned, Kids will be more apt to eat what they make.

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Betsy said...

I would love the Sewing with Kids. I love how many different levels there are and how it starts with the absolute basics, but works up to some great projects.

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Lilcinluwho said...

I would love the cooking and the fact sheet to teach the kids about the food they are cooking with is fantastic.

Chelsey said...

I would like the sewing book! The Fatties on the website are a super cute sewing project for the kiddos! Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Chelle said...

Oh I am so excited about both of these!!!! So I have to pick just one huh?

I have triplets. One is really into cooking and one is really into crafts.

2 of them already have something special we do just with them, SO I'll pick the Cooking e-book so I can have something special to do just with my son. Of course I would do this with all of them, but I would have a special time with just him.

And I love the 3 month menu planner with recipes. Yes- I subscribed to both of these sites. Thank you!

Just Another Hofeling said...

My boys love to help me kick and I think it's a great way to bond with them.They would get a kick out of The mystery food photos and the jokes on the cooking site.

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Upstatemomof3 said...

My son loves to sew so I love that they have a kids sewing club with a newsletter. :)