17 Months 2 Weeks – Cooking with Your Toddler

Roman making an english muffin Around this time your child is becoming a pro at pretend play, especially when it comes to eating and cooking. They may pretend to feed you with a spoon or cut fake vegetables or play dough.  So why not start making basic recipes together in the home!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Roman and peanut butter. To start, we highly recommend getting a Learning Tower from Little Partners.  It’s a safe way for them to stand and reach the counter.  If you don’t have room for one, getting a high chair that hooks onto your dining table or can be pushed into the table is also a great idea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Roman with a smore.You then want to pick easy recipes such as making salad, English muffin pizzas, avocado toast, cookies, quesadillas, peanut butter jelly sandwiches, and smoothies. It is the perfect opportunity to encourage language such as labeling the ingredients, talking about actions such as cutting and mixing, sequencing, following directions, and so much more! Don’t be afraid to let them cut with parent supervision as long as you are using a plastic knife – it’s a great fine motor skill to learn!

And watch out for our latest iBook ‘Little Chefs’ coming out soon with awesome no bake, vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free recipes perfect for toddlers!  Now just give them a chef’s hat and let’s cook!   

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