How to Make Cooking With a Toddler FUN! Four Simple Tasks!

simple things a toddler can do in the kitchen tasks easy for child toddler age 2-4 years helping in the kitchen cooking baking

Part of the reason I started this blog was to make myself feel more motivated about cooking decent meals. I’m pleased to say I have been cooking and have found some fun ways to get little b involved. In fact, we have made some really nice, yummy dinners recently – green veggie risotto and lemon chicken with veggies.

For the green risotto, I followed the recipe in Rose Elliot’s New Complete Vegetarian. A book which a friend bought me ages ago and made too many excuses not to try something from it! We added loads of extra cheese and it was super yummy.

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Cooking with Kids – Getting Started!

Anyways, here are some things that have helped me get dinner on the table at a reasonable hour! Ultimately it means involving the little man and having him “help” me!

  • Seasoning things. I pop a little bit of pepper in b’s palm and he loves taking time to sprinkle it on the chicken/veggies etc. In reality this means one inch of the chicken gets A LOT of pepper.
  • Bowls. I find getting my ingredients prepped and into small bowls helps. Little man can just tip them into the pan/bowl/whatever as we go along. In reality, anything little b likes to eat, gets eaten along the way.
  • Simple chopping. B can use a blunt knife now and chop soft things up for me. I find this makes him feel involved. He will chop and then pop them in the pan. In reality, he doesn’t “pop” anything in a pan. It typically gets launched!
  • Washing up. Once anything is on the hob, I don’t want him so close anymore. That’s when he “helps” me do the washing up. In reality this means pouring water in and out of plastic containers, getting soaking wet and slopping water all down the kitchen cupboard. Fun times.

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But it gets him involved and it means I can prep tea while sorting him out at the same time. It also means mr d and I get to eat at a reasonable hour now – 6pm instead of 8pm.

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