Barbecuing with children is a fun and exciting experience. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors, unite the family and enjoy delicious meals together. Here are some tips and recipe ideas to make family barbecues safe, easy and fun.
Talk to the children about the safety rules before you start barbecuing. Explain to them how to safely handle hot surfaces and open flames. It is also important that they learn how to handle barbecue equipment and other utensils to avoid accidents.
To prepare children perfectly for barbecuing in nature, they also need to learn how to handle fire, fireplaces and embers. This includes how to start a fire as well as how to safely extinguish and leave a barbecue site.
The beauty of barbecuing with the family is that you can spend time together around the fire, involving everyone and learning new things in an adventurous way. For example, children can easily help make snake bread (the Swiss “Schlangenbrot”) by kneading the dough and shaping it into spirals. Collecting wood is also always an eventful task for big and small, where children discover the forest and its inhabitants at the same time.
Or how about letting the children wash the ingredients, cut the vegetables or assemble the skewers?
Barbecuing is a great way to involve children in the process and teach them how to safely handle sharp objects or hot surfaces.
Child-friendly barbecue ideas
When it comes to food, there are many kid-friendly options that are easy to prepare and are super tasty. Always a good idea is the popular and delicious Swiss snake bread.
Schlangenbrot is easy to prepare, adventurous to make and fun to eat too. Here is a recipe with cheese:
- 1 pizza dough
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Mix the dough with the ingredients and roll into long shapes resembling snakes.
- Then wind them onto a stick and grill over the fire until the dough is cooked through.
Variation: Instead of the salty ingredients, you can also mix chocolate into the dough and score points with the children with a sweet dessert.
A slightly sweeter but equally fun dessert is chocolate bananas. For this you need:
- 1/2-1 banana per person, medium ripe
- chocolate of your choice (light or dark chocolate is best)
- topping of your choice, such as nuts
- Cut the bananas lengthwise at the belly.
- Break the chocolate into pieces and spread it in the opening.
- Decorate with toppings if desired.
- Cook on the grill until the chocolate has melted. Make sure that the banana does not burn too much.
In summary, barbecuing with children is an exciting and educational experience. By teaching them how to barbecue safely and responsibly, you not only provide them with valuable teaching, but the whole family has a lot of fun at the same time and creates memories together. A watchful eye is still advisable so that the little ones don’t overdo it and the barbecue trip turns out to be a safe and unforgettable experience.