Cooking With A Toddler

June 11, 2014

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I look forward to the days when Mazen and I can cook together (and when he can cook for me! Ha!) In the meantime, we’ve started to get him a little more acquainted with the kitchen. There are whole sites out there dedicated to ideas for kids and kitchens. Here are simply four small moments I captured.

Moving cut potatoes from the board to the tray. He loved this “game” and the knife was far away.

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Stirring the pancake batter…gently

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Salad spinning GO GO GO! Then we eat the lettuce. And by eat I mean he tries it (a start!) and then spits out most of it.

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And lately, watering the garden. His new favorite evening activity with Dada! He gets soaked just in time for bath : )

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie June 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

So cute!!! I gave Drake a piece of kale the other night & he gave me the “look”!

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2 Ali June 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

Aiden loves the salad spinner at 14 months too! I can’t wait for him to be able to do those things. Right now, I take out a pot and wooden spoon and have him “cook” while I’m cooking too.

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3 Leah June 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

Ha, the salad spinner was my favorite “toy” as a kid.
Poor Mazen’s cheeks look rashy, is he ok?

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4 Kelley June 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I let my little one put chopped things into bowls and trays too. She loves it! I actually hate being in the kitchen, but cooking with a little one makes it more enjoyable for sure!

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5 Steph June 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I love this post! I am Montessori teacher and we strongly encourage parents to include their children in these types of everyday activities. He looks like he enjoys it! :)

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6 Ella June 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Adorable. Great ideas for me to try with my 2.5 yr old. Although mixing “gently” NEVER happens and whatever he is mixing ends up everywhere! Haha.

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7 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

This is one of my fave things to do with my 3 year old son-and he’s been “helping” me since he was 18 months old. Pretty soon I’ll be getting my daughter involved too! I also love documenting all those times together on my blog ;-)

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8 Sharon June 12, 2014 at 12:17 am

Hi Kath! Good thing you overstated the obvious by telling us the knife was far away! So tired of people jumping on you behind the safety of their screens. Anyone who has read you for as long as I have, five years, knows what a loving, responsible mother you are. I don’t know how you do it sometimes. Mazen is adorable!

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9 Kath June 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm
10 Rebecca June 12, 2014 at 4:16 am

Kath I love that baking tray – can you remember where it is from? Thanks!

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11 Kath June 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Actually Sam’s club I think

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12 jen June 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

My daughter has always loved helping in the kitchen too. I think two of her early favorites were “kneading” dough and mixing granola with her hands. She loved all the different tastes and textures. She’s about to turn 3 now and is so proud of all the things she can do in the kitchen. My son is almost 1 year and I’m curious to see if he’ll be equally interested and willing to learn things like GENTLE stirring. Fun stuff!

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13 Jeanie June 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Genius!

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14 FamilyVentures June 13, 2014 at 12:05 am

I just commented on your other post about how my 3 year old is such a great eater. Another reason I believe he is such a good eater is because he has literally been helping us cook our meals since he was old enough to stand on a chair at the counter. My son has these and he loves cutting up veggies with them:

http://www.amazon.com/Fruit-Vegetable-Chopper-Stainless-Colors/dp/B0001XXCYC/ref=pd_sim_k_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04ZSQ8XJB9XEVAHN5944

http://www.amazon.com/Joie-Stainless-Steel-Wavy-Knife/dp/B003KPUWH8

If you have a mortar he can also help you mash up avocado to make guacamole. Any way you can safely involve toddlers, they tend to be more interested in eating it! :)

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