From reader Carmen Tibbs: "One of our favorite fall treats is our annual trip to County Line Orchard in Hobart, IN to pick apples. After eating our fill of apples, donuts and other apple-icious treats, we head home to make our own. With our fun mini pie pans, we make individual apple pies yummy enough to make Grandma wish she was at our house."
We love to share this experience with our little friends as well. This past season, we took a second trip with friends who "don't eat pie". However, they thorough enjoyed making (and EATING) their mini apple pies with apples they picked themselves.
Cooking with our kids is such a valuable experience. Even before I had kids of my own, I touted the benefits of cooking with kids at workshops & conferences. Think of all the benefits of kids cooking: science (temperature, property changes, chemistry), math (fractions, measuring), language (vocabulary, following directions, reading), motor skills (stirring, pinching, eye hand coordination, rolling, kneading), plus the satisfaction of making something yourself makes great contributions to self esteem.