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Cooking with toddlers recipes

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to cook with recipes for toddlers” /> Since cooking

involves all the senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and (most fabulously) tasting, cooking with young children provides them with fabulous sensory information that is really important for brain development. As a teacher and mother, I have cooked with young children many, many times and find that cooking with young children can be a lot of fun and relatively stress-free with a little preparation. Here are my tips…

Choose a time when your child

  • isn’t too tired: first thing in the morning or after napping, work well
  • . To keep the cooking experience short to

  • accommodate a short toddler attention span, pre-measure ingredients before starting and have them individually separated ready for your child to add to the mixing bowl or pot
  • .

  • Toddlers love to mix and stir, so be sure to include mixing and scrambling in the cooking experience!
  • There will invariably be clutter, but that’s also part of the process. Luckily, young children also love to help clean up!

10 Fun Recipes for Cooking

with Toddlers

I asked some of my favourite Australian gaming bloggers to share their cooking recipes with young children. Click on the name of each recipe to go to the instructions.

10 things to cook with recipes for toddlers

1. Cheese

puff pastry Super simple to make, these Cheese Puffs are also super delicious!

2. Ham, cheese and spinach muffins Debs of Learn with Play at Home says, “This tasty muffin recipe has been simplified with basic measurements and just a couple of simple steps to make it ideal for toddlers to prepare and eat.”

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3. Snail Scrolls Penny of Mother Natured, “We love this snail roll recipe. Simply place the puff pastry and let your toddlers sprinkle the ingredients all over. My little ones love them!”

4. Making Pizza Amber by Happy Crafty Family shares, “This pizza is a great way to engage kids in their first culinary experience. Super interactive too.”

10 things to cook with recipes for toddlers


Chocolate cake Sara of Happiness is Here shares, “My kids love this recipe because my 5-year-old can read the instructions, while my 3-year-old can follow the pictures.”

6. Two-ingredient buns “With only 2 ingredients, these buns are a simple recipe to prepare with the little ones.” Yum! Thank you, Kelly from Be a Fun Mum

7. Anzac Cookies Jackie of My Little Bookcase shares, “Kids need a little help from parents for this recipe, but it’s a lovely way to understand that recipes have a story.”

8. Two-ingredient bread dough “Here’s a sensory experience that works like afternoon tea!” Thanks for sharing, Danya Banya.

9. Weet-Bix

Slice Kate of Laughing Kids Learn says, “Using simple ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard, these Weet-Bix slices are delicious and high in fiber.”

10. For kids who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, this chocolate truffle recipe is a winner. Via Picklebums for Childhood 101.

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more fun ideas for cooking with toddlers and older children, check out our other recipe collections: Simple Cooking For Kids and Eating the Alphabet: Cooking with Kids from A to Z.

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