I think it is so important to spend time with children in the kitchen. There are so many incredible benefits. They have an opportunity to acquire new vocabulary, gain concrete knowledge of mathematics, experience so much sensorially and they off course learn how to cook. An important skill for independence and sustenance.
My son has been spending time in the kitchen with me since he was born. First in a carrier, and then sitting on the floor exploring with his eyes and his hands. Once he started crawling, pulling up and cruising, he could explore the drawers and cupboards and even “do dishes“. Now that his is able to, he actually participates in food preparation. We have also made play dough before and today we tried baking! I received this recipe a while ago from my Instagram friend @starrhillgirl. I hesitated to try it because he seemed to hate bananas. As children do, he recently made a 360 turn and they are his favorites so I wanted to make these cookies before he changed his mind again. So here goes… for reference, he is 12 months old.
*See full recipe at the end.
We washed our hands, put on our apron and I helped him get into the kitchen helper and it was time to bake!
It was so amazing to see how focused he was on each step of the process. This is definitely another way that you can help your child develop the ability to concentrate.
Here’s the recipe as I received it! Please let me know if you try it!
Being able to go through these processes will be so beneficial for the future. I hope you try it!
My only advice or key to success is having all the ingredients and utensils organized and ready before you start.
ETA: a fork or spoon can be used for mashing if you don’t have a masher and a sieve can be used in place of the sifter.
This is also a great recipe for children who don’t like getting their hands dirty. You can actually go through the entire process without touching any of the ingredients. Well apart from peeling the banana, which can be done in advance.