The goal of an activity such as a 'Mini Masterchef' is not to pit children against one another or to create a hostile, over-competitive environment. Activities like these are created to nudge your child's sense of creativity and urge them to think outside the box. This activity is entirely in the realm of fun and enthusiasm, don't take your role as 'judge' too seriously and inadvertently upset or traumatize your child. Allot enough time on a holiday to do this activity as the fun is lost when things are done in a rushed manner. Take the time out to make chef's hats or to take aprons out of their hiding places, to add to the feel of the whole activity.
Mini Masterchef is best conducted with two or more children. Invite your child's friends or cousins over to participate as there is fun in numbers, in this case. Make sure you have all your ingredients laid out before you begin and also make sure the children are well aware of the rules of the activity.
The simplest way to go about this is to provide each child with a set of ingredients. Let's take the example of an ice cream sundae. The goal of the activity or 'challenge' is to create the most impressive ice cream sundae based on the ingredients given to them. You can use bananas, chocolate chips, different flavours of ice cream, chocolate or caramel sauce along with other ingredients of your choice. The option to make an ice cream sundae of their choice would make any child a Mini Masterchef!
Urge your children to think outside the box, use different bowls and plates to plate up their dessert. Guide them and assist wherever you feel it is necessary, cheering them on as they go. An activity like this pushes your children to think differently and use their creativity.
If you're inclined to put in more time into this activity, you can also make plain crepes or pancakes and ask your children to decorate them as a challenge. It does involve more on your part, but the results are worth it! Make sure no child is left out of the challenge and assist wherever necessary. Along with their creativity, activities such as this boost a child's self-confidence and allow them to explore the kitchen a little more. If your child is old enough, this is a great opportunity for you to introduce them to the world of cooking, or at the least preparing their own snacks.