Are you in lockdown and you want to do cooking activities with your toddler? Well, it’s not always easy to figure out what to cook with the family.
In this post, I will list ideas for you, and with links that will direct you where you can view the recipes. I always try and list globally available food.
These food are also easy and quick to make for your little preschooler and the whole family. If you want to view baking ideas for the family to enjoy and have as an activity view the link.
Social Skills and Mathematic Skills.
I believe many parents glance over what kids may learn when being active in the kitchen. You are just happy that your children are helping you out, but you don’t look deeper.
There many benefits of your little one helping you out. These skills will help them later in life. For now, let’s focus on social skills and mathematics skills.
Other qualities are vocabulary improvement, motor skills, hand and eye coordination and learning to take instructions. These are also important for your little one.
Nowadays social skills are more important, and I believe learning mathematics skills through cooking it’s more fun for young children.
Social skills such as:
- Working with family members.
- Working in a group with other children.
- Learning to share.
- They get good at communicating.
- Solving problems.
- Even learning new words, through others.
- Recognise shapes, numbers and alphabets.
- The difference between 2ml and 2cm.
- Learning measure skills.
- Problem-solving (meaning early addition and subtraction).
All of these may seem too much for your little one, but they will learn it without even noticing it. When your preschooler start school it will be easier.
Learning all of these things through someone strictly telling you it’s harder and less fun. Teachers who use fun in their learning most of the time are more successful.
Children love learning through fun, especially small ones. So, these preschooler cooking activities will educate them, and make your little one excited.
Banana bread is nice and healthy because it’s natural sugar. It’s also something that the children will love to do. Have it with tea, coffee and juice for your toddler.
There are many recipes, but this one is from Toucanbox.com, and it’s quick and easy to make. The ingredients you will need are:
- Wholemeal flour.
- Self-rising flour.
- Bicarbonate of soda.
- Baking powder.
- Low-fat yoghurt.
- Optional: chocolate chips or walnuts.
Click the link above to view more details about the recipe. As you can see the bread will be quite healthy, and your little one will enjoy doing it.
There’s a lot of mixing and measurement helping them master the skills I mentioned above.
Do your children love peanut butter? If yes, then they will love this breakfast or even afternoon treat. This recipe is also from Toucanbox.com, but you of course choose any fruits you want.
The ingredients are:
- Peanut Butter.
- Toast bread.
Simple indeed. Instead of using bananas you can use strawberries or, apples and cut them into pieces. You can also use grapes instead of blueberries.
Your toddler can make this recipe all on their own. Click the link above to view the full instructions. With this recipe, your child learns all of the skills I mentioned above.
A healthy snack for the whole family. Again if you love peanut butter and apples then this treat is good. Easy to make and super healthy.
If you are allergic to peanut butter why not try putting honey on the apples instead. Natural honey is healthy to have as a snack. The ingredients are:
- Peanut butter (Alternate honey).
- Chocolate sprinkles.
Again, an easy task for those little hands. This is super easy for your toddler to do all alone. Just help them with cutting the apples and they a good to go.
If siblings are doing it together they will learn how to do the tasks together, or you can give each of them a different task. Learning to socialise and communicate.
They will also learn some mathematics skills. Measure what is too little and too small.
For you vegetarians out there this meal is ideal. This recipe includes many ingredients that your little one will love cooking and preparing.
Get them busy with washing the vegetable and measuring what should go in the pot. They can also help with tasting for you. It takes a maximum of 45 minutes to cook the meal.
This recipe is from Feastbox.com, they not only provide the recipes but the ingredients to. So click the link above the order a box.
Perfect for lunch or dinner depending on how you will like it Some of ingredients are:
- Cumin seeds.
Etc. As you can see it includes many tasty ingredients your little one will love blending and tasting. If you have a big family you have the options to order a big box.
5. Pancake Recipe 1. (My Homemade Pancakes)
I love pancakes and so does my toddler. Pancakes have always been one of the things kids love to eat. It’s also easy and quick to make.
There are many pancake recipes out there, they will therefore look different and also taste different. This recipe I learned from my own sister.
Your toddler will enjoy helping out mixing the ingredients. I don’t have the exact measurement for this pancake recipe and was never thought of it.
So, this recipe is for those parents who know how to make pancakes and know-how to measure without any measures. It’s also important for you to know how a pancake mix should look like.
The ingredients are:
- Self rising flour.
- Whipped cream.
- Honey (optional).
- Banana. (Optional)
- Melted chocolate (optional).
- Blueberries (optional).
If you don’t have Jam, you can use honey instead. It will even make it less sugary. Taste the mixing to see if the sugar and salt it’s enough.
These pancakes should be thinner, so no pouring too much mix in the pan. Have it a little bit crispy and a nice brownish colour. Add whipped cream and jam on top of it.
If you want to make it healthier why not eat it with banana and blueberries. The melted chocolate it’s also an option if you don’t have the above. It’s of course unhealthier.
So consider doing this not so often.
Your toddler can get involved from the begging to the end, getting many skills from it. Of course, they can’t do everything for example frying the pancakes.
Learn to make this crepe recipe from BBCgoodfood.com. The ingredients are:
- Plain flour.
- Vegetable oil.
- Lemon (optional).
- Caster sugar (Optional).
This one is easier than mine and it’s also quicker to make. Preparing it takes 10 minutes and depending on how many people you want to make it for, the cooking time will depend.
This one it’s healthier even and only involved ingredients everyone has in their houses. Just like the one above your toddler will find it easy to make this.
Read the instructions to your preschooler, and let them handle this task. Teaching them also about responsibility and team work.
What is your take on all of these 6 recipes or ideas? Do you think your little ones will be able to handle it? Can you choose 2 recipes you will love to try out.
With all of the recipes or cooking ideas I have mentioned above, your toddler or preschoolers will for sure learn all of these skills.
What better way is there to learn these qualities, if by not having fun? Teaching them to help will not only help them but also you.