Pizza-Making. This is one of the first cooking projects my daughter has done. What I love about cooking with her is that we can do everything from scratch or we can skip some steps by getting pre-baked crusts. This night we made them from scratch because she had a lot of encouragement from her older siblings.
Enjoying the fruits of her labor. My toddler, who also has 2 older siblings, tends to want to do everything herself, even cutting her food. So allowing her to use a plastic knife of a dull knife to cut her own pancakes helps her feel like one of the big kids. It is a learning process and she will ask for help when she needs it.
What can your toddler do as they wait for their cake to bake? My daughter enjoys every step of cake making and while she waits for the cake to bake, she loves to lick the spoon. We may also use this time to take a break or make decorations for the cake from marshmallows, cookies, candy, etc.
Cookie Cutout Shapes. This was a holiday playdate activity (which also included gingerbread house making from kits). I pre-made the dough and rolled it out for the girls, and let them cut out their own shapes (with some assistance). While the cookies were baking, we built gingerbread houses.
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Dough Making. My toddler daughter has had quite a bit of practice making dough and still loves to play manipulate it and work with flour. She still needs assistance shaping it, but it is a lot of fun learning.
Washing Vegetables. In my experience, helping with washing vegetables at dinnertime has created an excitement about eating them at dinner. While there are some foods that children just will not like at times, I believe that they are more open to trying them when they help prepare them. And a positive mindset is the first step to more adventurous food choices.
Grocery Shopping with My Toddler. Grocery shopping with my toddler has become more tolerable since I have engaged her more. It is actually fun. I even print out a grocery list for her with pictures so that she can help me remember what we are shopping for. She insists on holding the basket until it gets too heavy.
Making a Birthday Cake. There are so many ways to allow your toddler to get involved in this process. Measuring and mixing ingredients, icing, and decorating. Here is a cake that my toddler daughter helped to make for her father's birthday.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (or could be plain, raisins or cranberries). Take about the ingredients you are mixing and maybe try a chocolate chip or two. I find this to be a great cooking project for the toddler that doesn't mind mixing cookie dough with his or her hands. Then have them scoop it out onto the cookie sheet and bake. Easy and tasty.