Benefits of cooking with toddlers
Does your toddler help you with cooking? My toddler does, and she loves it.
She isn’t helping me everyday of course, but ones or twice a week she does.
Did you know that there are a lot of benefits for toddlers when they help with cooking?
I think that you will let your toddler help you too after you read these benefits.
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Create a love for cooking
By having your toddler help you with cooking now, you might create a life long love for cooking. Which is great for later as they’re more likely to cook at home for themselves when they love to do it.
Teaches them an important life skill
Cooking is an important life skill, we all need to know how to cook before we move out of our parents home. By letting your toddler help you prepare dinner, they’ll learn how to do this skill from an early age.
Less likely to be picky eaters
Did you know that children who help prepare dinner are less likely to be picky eaters? This alone might already be a good enough reason for a lot of parents. So if you have a picky eater at home, let them help prepare dinner and see what happens.
Practice fine motor skills
Scooping, pouring and cutting are great ways to practice their fine motor skills. Let your toddler begin by having her cut soft vegetables, and don’t give them any of your sharp knifes. My daughter uses plastic knifes to cut apricots, banana’s, boiled eggs, and other soft foods.
You can also buy them this knife set, which is safe for little ones to use in the kitchen.
Scooping, pouring and cutting also require good hand-eye coordination.
Learn your toddler a bit of counting while your cooking: something might need 3 scoops of flour, so count to three together,
Learn to follow directions
Cooking will also teach your toddler to follow directions, either from you or from a cookbook.
Your toddler will learn new words when he helps you cooking, she’ll learn what the ingredients are called and what things like cut and stir are.
Nothing has only benefits, so also cooking with toddlers. Before you let your toddler help you prepare dinner, there are some things that you need to think of.
Here are some things that are not so great about having your toddler help you with cooking.
More spills, of course your little one will spill some things, but have your toddler help you clean them up.
It’s stressy, It can be (will be) more stressful when your toddler is helping you. So make sure to do this on a day that you have enough time.
It takes longer, since your toddler still needs to practice everything, it’ll take longer.
Buy more, if your toddler is like mine, you’ll need to buy more ingredients than you need. My toddler loves to try everything and she’s not satisfied with only one bite. Although I don’t really mind this since the food we prepare is healthy.
So what do you think? Will you have your toddler help you prepare dinner more often now?