She helped me chop the cucumber and avocado and even prep the imitation crab sticks (although she did say "ew" a couple of times!) - the most fun was building each roll. The tricky part is the rolling, but I think we did pretty well (I had taken some better photos but my iPhone mysteriously "lost" them before I had a chance to upload!):
Here's the recipe if you'd like to give it a try:
Kids California Rolls
Active time 30 minutes: Total time 30 minutes: Makes 4 Rolls
4 Nori Sheets
One third of an English cucumber, sliced into spears
3 sticks imitation crabmeat sliced or pulled apart into thin strips
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1/4 inch thick pieces
Toasted seasame seeds
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 cups sushi rice, cooked and cooled (makes about 4 cups)
soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi for serving
Bamboo sushi-rolling mat
Step 1: Arrange the nori, cucumber, crab strips and avocado on a platter. Put the sesame seeds sugar and salt in small bowls and fill medium bowl with water. Cover both sides of the rolling mat with plastic wrap.
Step 2: In a small bowl, stir together the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Pour the mixture over the rice and stir to coat it.
Step 3: Lay a sheet of nori on the mat, shiny side down. To keep rice from sticking to your hands, dip them in the water. Cover the nori almost to the edges with rice. Scatter on the sesame seeds. Flip the nori over (the rice should stay adhered to the nori as you do this).
Step 4: Arrange avocado, crab strips and cucumber on the nori about an inch from the edge closest to you.
Ste 5: Roll up the ingredients by slowly folding the mat over the filling. Tuck in ingredients as you work. When you've formed a log Use the mat to press and shape it. Use remaining ingredients to make more rolls.
Step 6: Dip a sharp knife in hot water and use it to slice each roll into six pieces. First cut it in the center then cut each half into thirds. Serve with soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi on the side.
(Recipe courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine, August 2012)