One of the greatest pleasures in my life is getting to cook with my kids (thank goodness it's also what I do for a living). Having said that, there are certain recipes that are more appropriate for certain age groups than others. Since I've got two young children, cooking activities that don't require the stove are a huge bonus, especially when I'm trying to get both kids involved in the same task at the same time. There was definitely a mess to clean up when we were finished making these Coconut Peanut Butter Balls, but it was totally worth every minute.
While Chloe was busy licking spoonfuls of peanut butter, pressing her tiny fingers into the coconut on the plate and saying "snow," Kenya was focused on rolling the peanut butter oatmeal mixture into balls. Halfway through he decided to improvise and said, "look Mommy, now they're logs!" I looked down at his creation, then up at him and said "Kenya, you're a genius!" Maybe that was a little too much praise for a kid just having some fun with food, but to a mom always trying to come up with new and exciting recipes for kids to eat, it was an inspired idea.
But the best idea is cooking with your kids. No matter what you make, the experience is always delicious.