Trying to get the kids in the kitchen? Playing cooking games makes meal prep fun and is a great way to get kids to eat up. We’ve rounded up 12 (mostly free!) cooking games for kids, so scroll down and get ready to let them play with their food.

Bread in a Bag Game

Can you make bread in a bag? A great way to teach measuring and use fine motor muscles (kneading the bread!) is to have a cooking game challenge for kids. Our friends at Your Homebased Mom cleverly show the best way to do this. Shake, knead, bake and eat. Click here to snag the recipe.

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Cooking by Numbers & Letters

Cooking and counting go hand-in-hand and pretzels are easy to make. We love What We Do All Days brilliant pretzel game using bread dough, salt, butter, a brush and a ruler. Besides practicing letters and numbers, little kitchen helpers can count out the dough pieces and measure the length of each rolled pretzel. We're sure these hot buttery treats will go fast!

Superhero Pasta Sauce

Gain superhero strength! Have your little helper dress in their favorite superhero costume and assist in making food with superpowers. Taming Twins adds a twist to this idea with hidden vegetable pasta sauce (it's green!) to get hulk strength. You'll need veggies, pasta, cheese and water. Chop, cook and eat to grow strong like the incredible hulk.

Invent a Recipe

Creative cooking! Meal prep takes on limitless possibilities in this free cooking game brainstormed by our friends over at Tinkerlab. Let your little chefs invent their own recipe. Discover, create, validate (with you), then make their dish. Experimenting encourages independent thinking and problem-solving skills in the kitchen. Even more, eating what they make will be easy as pie.

Read & Make Game

Hot chocolate banana muffins take on a whole new meaning with the read and make game cooked up by Growing Book by Book. First, you read the book If You Give a Moose a Muffin together, then cook up a fresh batch with the littles. Skip over to Growing Book by Book for the recipe now. 

Rainbow Game

Sometimes the simplest cooking games are the most fun. Who can resist a colorful rainbow fruit parfait courtesy of our friends Mama.Pappa.Bubba. Let your little leprechaun pick out fresh fruit at your local farmer's market. Then it's time to peel and chop. Add a whipped cream cloud on top–yum!

photo: PlayMonster

Yeti in My Spaghetti

Use your noodle! In this simple silly game, players take turns removing noodles without letting Yeti drop into the bowl. Yeti in My Spaghetti won the 2017 TOTY Game of the Year Award. This fun game promotes fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Ages: 4 & up

Available on amazon.com, $7.19

The Pizza Symmetry Game

It takes two! Making pizza becomes a free cooking game when you add in this genius idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning. You'll need pizza dough, sauce, cheese and toppings. Just put a string down the middle of the pizza and mirror your partner's topping placement. We're sure they'll chow down their symmetrical creation.

Taste Test Game

Keep 'em guessing (and fully engaged) with this flavorful cooking game dreamed up by Create.Play.Travel. You'll need a muffin tin, food, paper and pen. Let your little one try the item (you can blindfold her too!) then say whether it's sweet, sour, spicy, salty or tangy. When cooking a meal have your kids decide the taste of the main ingredients.

Follow My Instructions Game

Easy as one, two, three. Le Coin de Mel fosters independent cooking and following directions in this toddler cooking game. Mamma Mel whips up a simple recipe to describe step-by-step to her little chef to make vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins. Expect a mess and the muffins to go quickly! For full instructions, head over to Le Coin de Mel.

Chopped Game for Kids

It's time for a cooking challenge! A fun and creative game to get kids cooking up a storm crafted by Life as Mom. You can play with two or more. Set out the ingredients to use in separate baskets. Then everyone shares pantry items to add flavor and taste. Put it all together, present to the judge and choose the best creation.

Banana Sushi Game

Chop, chop! Budding chefs can practice their fine motor skills making this snack created by My Fussy Eater. Littles can peel the bananas, chop them up (with a kid knife), then roll it around in toppings like coconut, melted chocolate and rice crispies. Have them rate each topping and pick a winner. The best part is eating with chopsticks.

—Nikki Walsh

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