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!
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.
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.
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.
3. cut lemon into slices
4. serve the yummy crepes with lemon and sugar.
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.