The truth is… I’d rather have M cook with me instead of hanging onto my leg. I can get things done a lot faster than worrying about finding her something to do without my attention or watching TV.
Cooking benefits your toddlers more than you think. In this post, I will explain the surprising benefits and tips on cooking with your young ones. 🙂
So Why Should I Let My Toddler Destroy my Kitchen?
Well, messy is part of the deal of having a toddler. Messy is good. Yes, I repeat, a messy kitchen is good. I don’t mean messy as in disaster like your toddler pouring all of the precious ingredients out of the bowl onto the floor. That may happen to us before, but don’t give up because cooking is really beneficial for your little ones.
Just make sure that you’re close by your toddler AT ALL TIMES!
Toddler can learn A LOT in the kitchen
Research shows that toddlers learn best through incidental learning. Incidental learning means learning happens naturally in the environment. A learning where anyone doesn’t know that the learning is happening.
Without us knowing it, toddlers are actually learning math through measuring, adding, and pouring the ingredients together.
Toddlers also learn new words and following directions. Through cooking, toddlers are building communication and language skills.
Cooking boosts your child’s social skills
Your child’s social skills improve by helping you. She or he will feel like a capable human using REAL kitchen tools making REAL food.
My child was so proud when she was mixing the ingredients together. She exclaimed to me, “Mom! Imma mixing it!” I melted. This child is growing up too fast! *tear
Anyways, it’s important to have appropriate and safe kitchen utensils for your kids. Here are some kitchen appliances that will things easier in the kitchen for you and your sous chef junior.
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Kitchen tools for your little ones
This is an essential for toddlers to be able to see what’s going on in the kitchen. Plus, it’s safe. You can DIY, find it on craigslist or buy it >> Little Partners Learning Tower Kids Adjustable Height Kitchen Step Stool for Toddlers or Any Little Helper – Natural
Rubber Bottom Bowls
This is nice to have because my toddler may have accidentaly pushed the bowl off the counter… These bowls are cute and great quality. Plus, they are on sale right now! KUKPO Mixing Bowls – 3 piece set Includes 1.8 Qt, 3.6 Qt, 6.5 Qt, Easy Grip Handle With Non – Skid Bottom
Push Down Mini Chopper
This is the safest way for your kids to chop up the veggies. The kids will be mesmerized seeing the food transform into little pieces in seconds. Simposh Mini Chopper – Compact & Powerful Push Button Cutter/Mincer for Fruit Vegetable Nut Herb Onion Garlic. Sharp stainless steel blades. Self-contained base to hold food. Easy Quick & Safe
Knives for Toddlers
These cheese knives are perfect for toddlers without worrying about cutting their fingers. They’re for softer food. For the harder food, use the mini chopper (above). HULLR Premium 4-Piece Stainless Steel Cheese Knives Set Collection In Gift Box is on sale right now!
This is an easy task for toddlers to do. They may be sneaking some veggies in their mouth. I wouldn’t complain about that! 😉 5 Blade Spiralizer – Spiral Slicer, Vegetable Maker, Shredder ! Makes Zucchini Noodles, Veggie Spaghetti, Pasta, and Cut Vegetables in Minutes. Includes Blade Storage Box!
What other issues you have with kids cooking in your kitchen? Let me know and I can help!
All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.