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Kids in the Kitchen

Have fun with children in the kitchen and keep them safe with these recipes and resources on food safety and cooking.

USDA, National Agricultural Library,

Check out the kid-friendly recipes in's recipe collection. Recipes include Pita Pizzas, Apple Nachos, Crunchy Chicken Nuggets, and more!

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service

Find recipes featuring foods that both children and adults should eat more of, including dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains.

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition Cooks! (TNC) is a series of cooking-based nutrition activities for out-of-school and afterschool programs, for children around ages 8 to 12 years old.

USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Read this fun comic book for children, which explores food safety and foodborne illness. PDF | 1.69 MB

HHS, Food and Drug Administration

Find food safety games, educational campaigns, and additional resources for kids and teens.


Children under the age of five are at an increased risk for foodborne illness and related health complications because their immune systems are still developing.

UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program

Healthy recipes and food activities that are fun to prepare with children.

Oregon State University Extension

Watch these kid-friendly videos to find recipes for chili, salads, sloppy joes and more!

University of Illinois Extension

Find age-appropriate cooking activities for kids in this tip sheet. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Tab through these recipes for some tasty treats to cook up with your kids.