Play Dough

Play Dough: Kids can have fun in the kitchen without banging pots and pans
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Keeping kids out of trouble long enough to make a meal can be a tall order. But if you involve them in the process, they can learn basic math skills and the importance of following instructions. “When my kids were little,” says Barbara Swell, a family therapist-turned-cookbook author and teacher, “I used to stick them at the counter with some sort of dough every night. It would keep them busy while I tried to cook.”

Let the kids play in the kitchen for a change with one of Swell’s recipes, ready-made for tiny helping hands.