I can’t stress how beneficial cooking is for children. Some of the benefits include:
Self esteem and confidence
Fine motor skills
Gross Motor skills
Practical life skills
Math preparation- counting, measuring, fractions etc.
Grace and Courtesy
Sensorial- Taste, Color, Testure, Smell and even sounds
We make almond milk every 3 to 4 days and my son does most of the making at 13 months old. To cook or do any food preparation with toddlers, it is important to be organized and prepare your ingredients ahead of time. Ideal recipes should not have too many ingredients or too many steps.
To make almond milk, we use the following ingredients:
1 cup of raw almonds that have been soaked for about 12 hours and rinsed. We make them first thing in the morning so I usually soak them the evening before.
5 dates, pitted and softened by soaking in hot water for 10 minutes
2.5 cups of water
Milk bag (we cut of one foot of a new panty hose)
Scoop (we use a measuring cup)
Large and small Pitcher
He puts on his apron and washes his hands. Then it’s time to start!
This process takes about 40 minutes and he is engaged the entire time. It would probably take me 10 minutes at most to make it by myself but the rewards are greater plus it seems to taste better when he makes it 🙂
Do you cook with your children? what do you make?
Let me know if you make some almond milk and Live a Good Life!