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Kids in the Kitchen

If your little one insists on helping, there are lots of ways to accommodate them without putting your delicious food in danger!  Try the following, for example:

  • Bake cupcakes and mix icing ahead of time, then let your toddler frost the cupcakes with a small plastic knife or spoon
  • When making biscuits, roll a bit of dough into a log and let your child use a plastic knife to cut the log into small pieces
  • Let your child pour pre-measured ingredients and stir whenever possible
  • Give your child lettuce to tear for a salad and dressing to shake in a tightly closed plastic container

The kitchen can be a great learning environment for your toddler, but it is important to ensure that any dangerous objects are well out of reach.  Furthermore, make a rule that only adults can use sharp utensils and the oven.
- "The Toddler's Busy Book" by Trish Kuffner

Click here for some other fun ways for your littlies to become involved in the preparation of food:

If you're really feeling brave, you could even try this activity, courtesy of Crafty Bugs: