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Little chef – Crepes

One of my favourite activities that I love with my son is cooking. This has been an amazing way for him to increase his vocabulary as he learns new words, use some basic math and learns about helping and cleaning.

Toddlers can have fun with cooking activities. For toddlers, it’s the doing that counts, or the the process of the cooking activity. Toddlers learn through doing, so cooking and kitchen activities are great ideas for toddler learning experiences.

Cooking with toddlers isn’t easy and requires patience but the activity is extremely rewarding for children as they use their hands, learn new words and work together with their parents. To get started, think simple by creating one basic recipe.

We made crepes for breakfast this morning and my little chef truly enjoyed his first crepe experience!

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Ingredients

2 eggs , 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup sugar (I did not use sugar since my son does not take anything sweet), 2 cups milk, 2 cups flour, butter, lemon and sugar to eat with crepes and nonstick crepe pan.

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Preparations

1. In a large bowl, add the flour and milk. Beat/whisk for 5 minutes. Add eggs and continue beating 2 more minutes with a mixer/whisk. Add the salt and sugar, and mix/whisk to combine.

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2. Heat a nonstick crepe pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add about 1/2 teaspoon of butter, and follow with 1/3 cup of batter. Swirl the pan to encourage the batter to coat the entire surface of the pan. Cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the crepe has set and browned slightly on the bottom side. Flip the crepe carefully and cook another 30 seconds or so. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding a small amount of butter to grease the pan after every few crepes, and place finished crepes on a plate.

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3. cut lemon into slices

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4. serve the yummy crepes with lemon and sugar.

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Here are some tips to start cooking with your toddler:-

1. Shop Together – Before the actual cooking starts, begin your cooking experience in the grocery store. Talk to you toddler while in the grocery store on your shopping list and what you will be preparing with it at home. Get him to help you to pick up the groceries! This is a great way for your toddler to identify certain items in the grocery store

2. Start Basic. – The initial cooking experience with a toddler will most likely be very short – so try not to get frustrated when your tot loses interest.

4. Talk Through it – While my son is helping I talked to him about what was happening. “Let’s add one more egg” etc.

5. Make it Fun and Expect a Mess – Cooking with toddlers will be messy and although the experience is fun it also means that flour will end up everywhere. Through the mess I also taught him about cleaning up to emphasize that it is a part of the process.

6. Don’t force – if something seems hard for your toddler, don’t force it, just let him do what he’s comfortable with and not easily frustrated by.

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Rock Painting

Rock painting is an inexpensive way to encourage children’s creativity and imagination through art. It is a brilliant way to bring creative imagination into their mind and help kids to be inspirational with nature. We did this activity two weeks ago.

It really doesn’t matter what they paint . . . just let them paint what they want and have fun!!

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rock painting

Materials needed:- paint palettes, paint, brush and rocks (anything u can find will work).

For my son who is under 3, the fun was all in just applying paintbrush to rocks, but older kids will enjoy painting specific pictures on rocks, or entirely covering rocks with colorful designs. If you find particularly smooth rocks, permanent markers can be used as well to outline shapes. You can add glitter or glue buttons, pipe cleaners and other items to the rock for more added fun (just wait until the paint dries).

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If it is difficult to get your kids to paint the rocks by just saying “let’s paint rocks”, you can give them a jumping off point like what I did with Rayes.

  • Paint Spider-Man on this rock (since he is very much into Spider-Man now)
  • Paint daddy’s face on this rock
  • Paint this whole rock green

My little artist got excited of applying paint to surfaces he didn’t normally see as canvases and Painting outside might inspire him more than sitting at the kitchen table would.!!

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is full of tradition and beauty. There are many ways to incorporate learning into the Chinese New Year celebration and this is such a fun topic to teach about!! I prepared a lot of  fun activities for our Chinese New Year theme last month.

I started the themed activities with my son by reading books and looking at a world map to identify Asia and then China. The play area was decorated  with some decorations/crafts made by my son and I.

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I created Chinese New Year activity trays for him to explore.

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Fine motor skills – Chopsticks practice with Pom Poms

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opposite words – “big” and “small” using mandarin orange and tangerine

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the letter of the week – Letter C

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Ang pow – fillIing up ang pow packets with real Ringgit notes

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imaginative (airport) play – Airplane flying to China

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Practical life skills -folding clothes/samfu

It was also a great opportunity to teach children about culture through arts & crafts.

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Paper Lantern – these chinese lanterns are fun to make. A geat practice for cutting skills and make lovely decorations.

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Paper plate snake – Year of the Snake

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paper plate snake – Year of the Snake

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Chinese Fan

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Chinese Fan

I dressed him in Samfu (a traditional outfit worn by Chinese men) for the Chinese New Year celebration at his school.

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dressed in Samfu.

Try out those themed activities mommies..  It is fun way to introduce your kids to different culture without having to fly across the ocean to China…!