I've found one of the best ways to get my son to start the day off right is to get him in the kitchen and helping me prepare breakfast. This morning he cut up some banana for his brother's tray, and you could tell he felt very proud that he helped "make" the food. He also helped me butter the bread for grilled cheese this morning, and then ate it up once it was done.

Today I bought him his own little spatula, whisk. measuring cup, measuring spoon and mixing bowl. Who says boys don't belong in the kitchen? 

Here are some ideas for toddlers in the kitchen:
  • Let them use a plastic knife to cut soft fruit or spread cream cheese on a bagel.
  • They love stirring and watching things change, so try letting them help you make some instant pudding or Jell-O!
  • Once you've chopped up some veggies, let them move the veggies from the cutting board to a salad bowl.
  • My son's favorite thing is shelling peas. I open the shells, and he rakes the peas out and into a pot. Then he likes to "cook" them by stirring them with a spoon.
  • Cutting out cookies with the cookie cutters is fun, and decorating them is fun too!

Of course, there are a ton of fun things to do in the kitchen with toddlers. The goal of kitchen time is keeping them near you so you can enjoy them, AND so they can learn some great skills. They learn to work together, to follow instructions, and if you keep at it long enough, they'll learn to cook!

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