How to Keep the Kids Busy During Winter Break
Seven daily activities to ensure that your young chef’s winter vacation is filled with fun.
America's Test Kitchen Kids

Winter can be a difficult season to find enjoyable indoor activities for the kids. Not this year. America's Test Kitchen Kids is bringing seven daily challenges for your young chef(s) to tackle. They will learn how to plate food beautifully, make hot cocoa all by themselves for the chilly days ahead, prepare their own overnight oatmeal for their first day back to school in 2019, and more. 

Winter Break Challenge

Keep reading to find out which activity awaits them each day.

December 26, 2018

With this beginner project, your young one will need a few crafty materials to create a package that will protect a single potato chip or cracker from breaking during a fall. The catch? They need to keep their package under a certain size—and they need to design a way to put the chip or cracker into their design . . . and take it out.

Challenge 1

Design Challenge: Pack It Up

December 27, 2018

This spherification project is a kid-friendly take on a molecular gastronomy technique. Your young one will use gelatin and any type of edible liquid (such as fruit juice or soy sauce) to make small, cool-looking spheres. Once they're made, enjoy them on anything from yogurt to ice cream to rice. The options are endless. 

This experiment will be live on on December 20th!

Challenge 2

How to Make Edible Spheres

With a few special ingredients, we'll show your young chef how science and cooking interact with each other.


December 28, 2018

There are so many brands of tortilla chips, ice cream cones, string cheese, and other foods on supermarket shelves. Want to know your favorite? Try out one of our taste tests to figure out which one ranks best amongst you, your friends, and family. 

Challenge 3

Tasting & Testing: String Cheese

Have a string cheese party! Make sure to invite friends and family to your tasting, too.


December 29, 2018

We'll show your young chef three different plating techniques with our favorite meals: Sweet and Tangy Glazed Salmon (yum!) with Avocado Crema (aka the best sauce ever!) and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes (crispy on the outside, creamy in the center!).

Challenge 4

How to Make Your Food Look Awesome

Master a few handy techniques and you’ll be creating plates of food that look like they’re straight out of a restaurant.


December 30, 2018

Neither you nor your young one will want to open a packet of mix after trying this hot cocoa. It takes only 10 minutes to make and serves the entire family. Make room for a second cup.

Challenge 5

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot cocoa mix makes a great gift, especially in the winter. 


December 31, 2018

Before vacation comes to an end, celebrate your young one's time at home with some popcorn made from scratch. Put on a movie and enjoy. 

Challenge 6

Real Buttered Popcorn

Everyone knows that the best microwave popcorn is the kind you make yourself.


January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Make your young one's first day back to school great with our overnight oatmeal recipes. With our four options, they won't get bored of breakfast anytime soon. Plus, each recipe is fun and easy to make.

Challenge 7

Overnight Oatmeal Bananas and Brown Sugar

Thankfully, most of this recipe "cooks" overnight. Prepare it the night before for an easy morning.


Don't forget to share your young chef's creations on Instagram using #ATKKIDS for a chance to win a copy of the New York Times best seller: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs.