Ever heard the term mommys little helper? Well, these preschool cooking activities are to encourage your toddler or preschooler to be a happy helper in the kitchen.
Things they can do to help:
For a long time my children enjoyed decorating plain biscuits or cup cakes. You need a selection of 100s and 1000s, chocolate vermicelli, Smarties or M Ms. Mix a little icing sugar with a drop of food colouring and some water. Let them spoon the icing onto the cookie or cup cake and then decorate.
Making pizza faces for a lunch time meal is also fun. You can decorate a plain Magherita pizza with olives (eyes), banana or red sweet pepper (mouth) and wedges of pineapple (nose).
I often keep a stock of cookie mixture in the fridge so that I can defrost it on the morning that my children want to bake. The mixing of the cookie dough is often a messy business especially if you have lots of little ones so this minimises stress on baking day.
My cookie recipe:
1 tine condensed milk
4teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon salt
Mix all the ingredients together this is a stiff dough and some elbow grease is needed. Wrap half in plastic wrap and freeze and use the other half in a week.
Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 180 deg Celsius for 10 12 minutes.
From the time my children were small I used to prop them up in their bouncing chair to chat to them at supper time. When they were a little older I used to keep a special box of activities for them to work on while I was busy cooking. This box stayed in the kitchen and they worked on the activities at the same counter I was working at. We would chat and I would direct their activity.
When they were older I would have them sit with me as I cooked and they listened to story tapes while they peeled or chopped, depending on their age. My children are now aged 13 6 and suppertime preparation is still something we do together.
I know not all moms like to cook and sometimes, especially if there is a new baby in the house, bulk cooking or doing the meal while everyone is having an afternoon nap is preferable, but I do encourage you to use this time to build relationship with your toddlers and preschoolers.
In case you are interested, the things that I had in the suppertime box are:
I do encourage you to visit www.kids-cooking-activities.com for a more detailed approach on building your pre-schoolers cooking skills and for lots more preschool cooking activities.
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