Build Your Own Recipes for Kids (with Clean Up Tips Too!)

When it comes to their food, kids like to feel in control. Giving children, especially picky eaters, choices about their meals allows them to feel good about what they are eating and have fun and get creative.

Recipes for Kids

With these simple “build your own recipes” for kids, you can make meal time fun and help your kids make healthy food choices. And since we know cooking with kids can get extra messy, we have some quick clean up tips for you too.

The Kids are in Charge with these “Build Your Own Recipes”

The goal of these recipe ideas is to let your kids choose the ingredients to design their own meal. There are a myriad of variations for you to offer up for your children and you certainly don’t have to (or want to) offer them all the first time. Choose ingredients that would work well together and offer enough options to let your kids have some choices, but not so many that they are overwhelmed.

Build Your Own Wrap

From peanut butter and jam to cream cheese and avocados, wraps regularly replace sandwiches in our home. Wraps are versatile, fast, and easy to make — and whether you are creating a full meal salad wrap for yourself, or a quick apple and cheese wrap for your kids, wraps can save the day!

recipes for kids-wraps

The variations are endless, but here are a few of our favorite starter wrap ideas…

Cream cheese (Plain, Herb and Garlic, Strawberry, etc.)
Peanut butter (or other nut butters)
Salad Dressing or Dip
Butter or Margarine

Seeds, Nuts, or Dried Fruits

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins

    Fresh Fruit or Vegetables

  • Cucumbers
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears

    Cheese, Meat, or Eggs

  • Grated cheddar or mozzarella
  • Crumbled feta
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • For More Ideas, including…

    • Build Your Own Smoothie
    • Build Your Own Fruit Crisp
    • Quick Clean Up Tips

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    1. says

      Such a good idea. I often find that when I present my kids with a variety of healthy options they pick out and eat something. If I just give them one healthy thing, it often gets refused! Would be great to try with pancakes too (the flat variety rather than the breakfast kind.)

    2. says

      Have you ever tried adding greek yogurt in your wrap recipe? Greek yogurt is strained so it has less moisture (hello, creamy!). I use it instead of sour cream in a dip and in wraps. My kids love it.

    3. says

      These are GREAT ideas! My oldest is a very picky eater but she loves to “help” in the kitchen so I’m going to try these with her! Thanks so much for sharing.

    4. Linda Stewart says

      Definitely something I will have to look further into. It only makes sense that if you build recipes with kids in mind, and allow them to help out, they are more likely to eat and enjoy them.

    5. Shawna says

      Great post and ideas! I’m definitely going to be doing this with my boys as they enjoy helping in the kitchen and I love them eating healthy meals!

    6. says

      I love these recipe ideas for kids! I’ve always believed children need to learn cooking skills- it’s an important life skill that will save them money on their health & take-out. It’s also a great bonding opportunity. My sons and I have more memories around the kitchen table thn I can name!


    7. Meagan bs says

      These are so fun, I should do something like this with my daughter :) she loves to help me cook, I bet she would love this too.

    8. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says

      Awesome. This is a great way to get your kids involved in nutrition. Teaching independence in the kitchen. Learning how to prepare food will stay with them into adulthood.

    9. Betsy Barnes says

      What a wonderful way to encourage kids to be creative in the kitchen! My son loved helping me cook when he was younger, he was really good at it too :)

    10. Jamie Hamilton says

      I think it’s important for the children to be hands on with helping prepare food. It makes them feel good and also helps build life skills.

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