The key to cooking with kids is in the planning. In many cases, time is also a factor. With good planning comes easy cooking. I always break the kids up into groups. Then I set out the ingredients, recipes and the tools that they will need to be successful.
Food is a great tool for learning. It is a common ground and really doesn't require much skill to prepare. With that being said, everybody experiences high level success in the end with tasty creations that they are proud of.
Cooking creates bonds, memories and enjoyment that last a lifetime! Kids are good at it! Get them in your kitchen too.