Children in both our Toddler environments have been involved in preparing food for their communities this month. Banana muffins and guacamole have made their way to the snack table, all due to the hard work of the little ones who made them. Not only do these children feel proud of what they have accomplished, they also are encouraged to try the new and exciting food on their plate.
When in the kitchen with Toddlers, keep it simple and straightforward. Before getting your child involved, prepare the food or ingredients into a form manageable for small hands. If baking, you could pre-measure the ingredients into separate bowls. If peeling or slicing vegetables, create bowls or plates for discarded peels and for sliced food, and cut down larger pieces if need be. (Sometimes half an apple is enough for little hands to chop.) Use tools that will be comfortable for your child’s hands, like a crinkle-cut chopping knife, a small Y-shaped vegetable peeler, or small wooden spoons. Most importantly, expect a mess, but don’t be afraid to involve your child in cleaning up!