I took this video of Solu preparing Okra by cutting off the top and I thought it illustrated some of the main advantages of food preparation with young children. Building confidence Developing a sense of order – a place for everything and everything in its place Developing self control Enriching Vocabulary Math preparation – observing … More 10 benefits of food preparation with young children
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I then light the burner on very low heat. He sometimes turns it around and when it’s ready, he uses the spatula to transfer it to the plate and enjoys it… sometimes right at the kitchen counter and other times at his table. I hope you can see some of the practical considerations in action. … More Cooking with a Toddler: Making an Omelette
When working with a child in the kitchen, there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account. A comfortable work surface: This can be a low table or a kitchen helper/learning tower kind of solution. We have both because different tasks require different surfaces. You can see both at use in this video. … More Cooking with a Toddler: Some Practical Considerations
Yesterday, my son woke up, walked out of the room and immediately signed “hungry”. He then walked into the kitchen and pointed to his apron and signed for putting it on. I handed it to him (I need to install a lower hook), he put it on and proceeded to pull out his kitchen helper … More Why Practical Life?
Per requests, these are some ideas of practical life activities to start with toddlers. I will be writing a lot about practical life this year because it’s you know… practical daily life. These pictures were taken between 11 and 15 months Care of the Environment Care of Self I don’t have pictures handy but he … More Practical Life Ideas for Toddlers (In Pictures)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I think videos are worth even more. Sorry it’s a little shaky and a little loud in parts. I think it helps to see the pace, the language, cues etc, Hopefully it gives you an idea of what working with a toddler in the kitchen can … More Video: Making Almond Milk
I recently came across a Banana bread recipe on the blog small people big ideas. It didn’t have any dairy and seemed simple enough so we tried it. We made two changes to our recipe. We used half the sugar (and it still felt too much for us) and used canola oil instead of butter … More Cooking with a Toddler: Banana Bread
We use an apron when we cook. Cues are important for the young child’s sense of order. Once the apron goes on, he knows it is time to wash his hands and that we are going to be making some food. I made this apron by modifying the Sewliberated child apron I help him put … More Help me to do it myself: Taking off an apron
I can’t stress how beneficial cooking is for children. Some of the benefits include: Independence Self esteem and confidence Fine motor skills Gross Motor skills Sequencing Practical life skills Math preparation- counting, measuring, fractions etc. Language Grace and Courtesy Concentration Sensorial- Taste, Color, Testure, Smell and even sounds We make almond milk every 3 to … More Cooking with a Toddler: Making Almond Milk