Introducing Your Tiny Ones to the Kitchen
A few months ago we talked about cooking with kiddos without burning down the house (and losing your s%*t). While those tips were geared for older children, we also want to talk about introducing your very little ones to the magic of the kitchen. Bringing them into the process gives them ownership in the final product, makes them aware of the work that goes into a good meal and also serves to be quite entertaining.
- make the space safe. remove all breakable and sharp objects (we know you know this, but those tiny fingers can be curious and quick)
- let them wash their own fruits and vegetables
- sample, sample sample. this should be a finder dip and taste test friendly zone.
- if you're working on a recipe that thrives on precision, give them their own bowl and whisk so they still feel involved.
- let them dump the ingredients into the bowl. and practice your counting! (If they are still tiny, consider pre-measuring so everything is set up for a successful outcome)
- consider giving them their own bowl with a simple edible ingredient like oats to stir
- take your time. set yourself up for success, if you're in a rush, maybe this isn't the best time to include the littles.
- hold them while you mix your salad or flip your pancakes, they will be more excited to eat if they get to be apart of the process
- pick up some cute play foods so that they become acquainted and familiar with names and appearance. we love these squishy healthy kids foods from ikea.