10 best recipes for kids aged 7-11 years old

Our recipes for cooking with kids aged 7 to 11-year-olds include gingerbread men, banana bread and fruit salad

The Hummingbird Bakery gingerbread men
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If you're cooking with kids aged 7 to 11, we've got some brilliant recipes to get them started in the kitchen. This is the perfect age for them to gain some independence in the kitchen and learn some new skills too.

 As part of our cooking with kids guide, we've rounded up plenty of simple and delicious recipes - including fruit salad, banana bread, omelette, and cupcake

Fruit salad

Fruit salad

Making a fruit salad together is not only a great way to get your kids eating healthy, it's also the perfect way to teach them all about using a knife.

Tasks for the kids

  • Stirring the ingredients together on the hob with supervision
  • Peeling fruits with a peeler
  • Coring fruits with a corer
  • Cutting soft fruits with a butter knife or normal knife with supervision
  • Washing the fruits

Get the recipe: Fruit salad (opens in new tab)

Hummus

Hummus

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Hummus is much easier to make than you may think. It's so simple you could get your kids to make it. They'll get to learn how to use the food processor, tin opener and make something extra tasty in the process.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Hummus (opens in new tab)

The Hummingbird Bakery gingerbread men

The Hummingbird Bakery gingerbread men

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The kids are just going to love making and decorating these gingerbread men. It's the perfect recipe to whip up at the weekend and at this age, they'll be able to be a little more disciplined with the designing.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: The Hummingbird Bakery gingerbread men (opens in new tab)

Annabel Karmel ratatouille omelette

Annabel Karmel ratatouille omelette

This recipe is a great starter recipe. Cracking eggs and frying veggies in a pan will get your kids feeling confident and wanting to make you lunch everyday.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel ratatouille omelette (opens in new tab)

Smarties-cupcakes

Smarties cupcakes

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If your kids have their friends round after school get them baking together and make these Smarties fairy cakes - they'll have so much fun making and decorating them.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Smarties cupcakes (opens in new tab)

Dotty shortbread hearts

Dotty shortbread hearts

These shortbread hearts and so easy to make and can be shaped into whatever shape your child wants - as long as you've got the right cutter. These biscuits are great for practising their decorating skills too.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Dotty shortbread hearts (opens in new tab)

Children's club sarnie

Children's club sarnie

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Get the kids to make you and the hubby lunch at the weekend with this simple recipe. Making a meal from scratch will give the kids a sense of independence - without you having to worry about the mess of baking.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Children's club sarnie (opens in new tab)

Annabel Karmel's salmon fishcakes

Annabel Karmel's salmon fishcakes

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At this age your kids can start to make their own dinner. These fishcakes are a great recipe to get them started and they're healthy too. 

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's salmon fishcakes (opens in new tab)

Butterfly buns

Butterfly buns

Butterfly buns are a great way to make impressive looking cupcakes without the fiddly piping bag fuss - a spoonful of jam and a splodge buttercream work wonders.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Butterfly buns (opens in new tab)

Banana bread

Banana bread

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The kids are going to be really chuffed making this classic banana bread. This is a simple recipe with a little supervision - they'll love sampling their work.

Tasks for the kids

Get the recipe: Banana bread (opens in new tab)

Where to next?

Healthy recipes (opens in new tab)

More recipes you can cook with the kids (opens in new tab)