I learned really quickly that when making anything in the kitchen if I didn't give her a task than she'd give herself a task and that task usually involved trying to grab the knife and/or trying to touch the hot stove.
Last summer a friend suggested just letting her hang out in the kitchen and helping, that turned into letting her "help" by washing off the fruit or trying the ingredients and morphed into adding more and more task as she got older and could do more. She helped make appetizers for Valentine's Day and helping with the dishes (what is it about the kitchen sink that draws kids to it?), and puts food into measuring cups. It can get messy, but who cares, she's learning and it's fun!
Enter...Dora and Diego Let's Cook!
Overview from BN:
Dora and Diego teach kids to make awesome (and healthy!) recipes-and learn Spanish along the way.
Just in time for the tenth anniversary of -the top-rated preschool program on commercial television-comes a cookbook from Nickelodeon that gets kids safely exploring and learning in the kitchen. Guided by Dora and Diego, kids will help measure, stir, shape, and decorate 50 exciting and super-tasty recipes like Pirate Adventure Pizza Coins and Incan Quinoa Pudding-all while learning Spanish words and phrases.
These simple, delicious recipes emphasize healthful ingredients children ...
If you have a kidlet that loves Dora and Diego as much as my kidlet, owning this cookbook is a must. It has a lovely guide at the beginning that helps parents figure out age appropriate tasks for their kiddos to do as they create things like Dora's Backpack Snack Pack, Diego's Silly Snake Sticks and the two we, or should I say Aunt Nellie and the tiny person, made Boot's Banana Pancakes and Tico's Nutty Stuffed French Toast (you can look at these recipes more closely on Amazon).
I look forward to buying more ingredients for these simple recipes and creating more of these wonderful concoctions. There's a silly face salad that Lila Jane is just itching to try.
|It also makes excellent bed time reading. |
Yes, Lila wanted Aunt Nellie to read the Dora cookbook at bedtime.