Boy chef COOKING WITH TODDLERS   Girl chef

The recipes below are great for children of all ages but they are easy enough that even toddlers can enjoy being part of the process.

FROSTING COOKIES
This activity is great for spring time.

  • Make regular sugar cookies in the shape of eggs.
  • When the cookies are cooled, give a couple to your child on a paper towel.
  • Set out some frosting, one color (only) is best for toddlers.
  • Give your child a small safe butter knife or a small craft stick.
  • Show your child how to scoop out some frosting and spread it on a cookie.

Variation:  Another way to color cookies is to let your child paint across the cookies before they are baked with a brush dipped in food coloring.
 

CINNAMON TOAST
 
  • Spread a piece of toast with margarine or butter.
  • Give it to your toddler along with a shaker filled with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Show your child how to sprinkle the cinnamon sugar all over his toast to make cinnamon toast.

HOT CHOCOLATE

  • Show your toddler how to spoon a small amount of cocoa mix into a cup.
  • Fill the cup up half-way with warm milk.
  • Then have her stir the hot chocolate with a spoon to mix.
     

PUDDING

  • Place 1 Tbsp. of pudding mix in a zip lock bag, along with ½ cup milk.
  • Zip up the bag and give it to your toddler to squeeze with his hand, until the pudding is all mixed.
  • Place the bag in the refrigerator to cool a bit, then snip a corner of the bag and let your toddler squeeze the bag while your child catches the pudding in his mouth to eat.

S’MORES

  • Give your child a small zip lock bag.
  • Set out a cup of graham cracker cereal, one of chocolate chips and one of mini marshmallows.
  • Give your child a large spoon and have her place two scoops from each cup into her bag.
  • Have her mix up the contents of her bag, then unzip the bag and munch on the treats inside.

VARIATIONS:  Let your toddler spoon more healthy alternatives in her bag; such as; raisins, apple chips,  cereal, etc.
 

MUFFIN PIZZAS

  • First you will need to toast an English Muffin for your child.
  • Set out some pizza sauce (from a squirt bottle) and have your child squirt some sauce in the middle of one or both muffin halves.
  • Now give her a small knife to spread the sauce around the muffin half.
  • Next, set out some grated cheese for your child to pick up and sprinkle on the muffin using their (clean) hands.
  • Place their muffins on a cookie sheet and broil in the oven.

VARIATION:  Depending on your child’s tastes; you could set out small pepperoni pieces, sliced olives, ham, etc. to place on their cheese pizza before broiling.