What will your family learn while making pasta together?
We started with Aprons, flour, eggs and
a pasta machine. A simple activity
to entertain the kids on a rainy weekend.
It was so much more!
We got amazing pasta but for me as
a mom, the best part of our dinner was watching my kids work together, rely on one another and be patient.
On rainy days at home, put down your distractions, cell phones and turn off the television. Put your ‘to-do’ least aside. Instead, spend time with your family.
I like to plan family projects, mostly cooking projects! I love to bring them into the kitchen and prepare fun meals that we can all share.
On this particular rainy weekend we decided to make PASTA! And it all turned out to be so much more!
While kneading and cutting pasta the kids worked together. They created different roles to help each other. They were engaged with each other. They communicated. They were patient. The best part of our pasta making was the comradery that was built with the kids and the patience it taught them. I want to forever make pasta with them!
I heard it was simple but had never tried it. So, I planned ahead and borrowed a pasta maker from a friend. On my weekly shopping trip I made sure to buy Semonila flour and extra eggs, that’s all you need!
After a morning of playing games and short bike rides in between rain showers, I called the kids in and took out the pasta maker and aprons. hey were immediately engaged. A new tool they hadn’t seen before, it was shinny with different features and a wheel you can turn. They loved it and would have been happy just playing with the machine.
Wear your aprons. Why not! Plus making pasta with kids could produce a bit of a floury mess. So Let’s wear our aprons for this and make it even more fun!
Child 1 Cracks the Eggs
Child 2 Prepares the flour and bowl, flours the table and collects the rolling pin
and wooden spoon.
Child 3 Goes upstairs to collect hangers and finds spaces to hang them in the kitchen
Because everyone will need a turn at mixing the eggs and flour, they can share! I gave each of them a few minutes to work on the mixture. The last one also gets to take the dough out of the bowl and be the first to knead on the table.
Kneading dough helps hone in on gross motor skills, using hand and arm muscles. I let them knead for a while until the dough was no longer sticky and stretched easily.
They will tire, so taking turns shouldn’t be an issue.
While one kneads the dough, the other can flour to prepare their work area for kneading. Or simply take a break and watch.
I also like the repetitive pattern of kneading dough. They see the changes in the food made by our motions (STEM) plus it helps to relax their minds and bodies. These repetitive motions while still heavily using our muscles will help to calm a child that is hyper, physically or mentally.
Our home was quiet. TV was off. No distractions (expect me taking videos for Insta Stories no one else was allowed electronics!). We kneaded dough for about 15 minutes. It’s hard work and you need strength, so if you have young ones doing the work it will take them a little longer. I helped a little bit too.
The kids said it was more fun than playdough!
Flatten out the dough a bit and cut, with a pizza cutter, in 3 parts (or for however many kids you have).
I have a rolling pin for each child. Let’s face it, some things are just too difficult to share. Plus it’s easier for me if they are all working together. I also like one big mess and just one clean-up.
Make sure that their work area is floured well before rolling. Rolling pins should be floured as well and sprinkle some flour over the top of the dough if it’s still sticky.
Place some flour on a bowl in the middle of the work area so they can grab the flour with their hands and keep their work areas ready.
We mixed our Vegan Pesto (frozen in the fridge) with our pasta, sautéed a few veggies, broccoli, onions, colored peppers and zucchini. Dinner was done.
Remember to allow your kids a chance to cut the veggies too. Cuttings soft veggies such as the zucchini and peppers are a great way to begin teaching kids knife skills in the kitchen. Use a child friendly knife, such as a table knife or these child chef knives are our favorite for the kids!
Find the recipe we used here: Mom Approved Pasta!
I hope you too are able to set aside some family time on a rainy day. I would love to hear from you and see pictures of your family in the kitchen!
Check out our Pinterest Board for more fun family dinner ideas.
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