One of my favourite memories of both of my grandmothers is cooking with them – as far back as I can remember it was something that we always did together, I know I did it with my Mum regularly as well – in fact I still have my first cookbook that I was brought one christmas or birthday before I started school (according to the information on Amazon and in the book it was published in 1979!). I still call on the book for some of my favourite recipes including butterfly cakes and flapjacks.
Now even with these memories cooking with toddlers has filled me with dread – in fact and here’s the truth – I didn’t cook with J until he was almost 2 and have only made 4 things to date with him but plan on changing that pretty soon in fact this week.
In preparation I asked on the facebook page for advice on cooking with Toddlers and what people do as well as asking in the blogging community for some of their favourite posts and recipe’s – tomorrow I will post a round-up of these.
Until then here’s the advice that people gave me and I pass onto everyone:
- Any recipe involving a rolling-pin is good – you can get kids sized ones which are easy to use
- Make the cupcake mix in advance and let the toddler fill the cup cake cases
- Ice cakes and then let them loose with sprinkles
- Pizza’s are great to make as involve mixing, kneading, rolling and adding different toppings and healthy to eat
- Relax and use a recipe you know really well
- Use a BIG mixing bowl to avoid as much mess
- Pre-measure and sort the ingredients prior to cooking with toddlers
- Possibly make a simple visual recipe card with pictures on for toddlers to follow e.g. 3 cups of Flour with a picture of cups and a bag of flour
- AND most of all expect to get messy.