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Bake with Your Toddler

My toddler LOVES to help me bake and especially loves when I trust him to do tasks on his own.
A quick and easy “cooking” project is when we make trail mix.
He knows that when it’s time to cook, he drags the dining room chair into the kitchen!
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How to Bake with Your Toddler
Since this is HIS project, I use plastic bowls, wooden spoons, and soft measuring cups.  Basically, everything is non-breakable and safe.
For our trail mix, I pour things in the measuring cup (1/4 cup is easy for him to handle and gives good portion sizes) and he pours them in the bowl.
Our favorites to include are: dry cereal, raisins, marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, nuts, Goldfish, and dried cranberries.
cooking with toddler
After all our ingredients are added, he LOVES to stir, stir, stir!
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Of course we have to immediately have a bowl, but the remaining gets bagged up into small baggies or bowls and becomes his favorite, go-to snack for the rest of the week!

I bet you have some of these things in your pantry right now, and maybe even some other good shelf-stable items that would work!  It’s definitely a favorite around here and he is always SO proud of the outcome!
Written by Jill
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2 Comments

  • Reply Mommy of Many Hats

    It’s so funny, the kids help me back and fix meals all the time, but I never considered a quick snack with just pouring and mixing they could do ALL by themselves. Thanks for the reminder/idea. I LOVE learning about new ideas that my kiddos can complete all on their own.

    April 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Aaron Lambert

    Love it. I have found that all my kids love to learn to cook. Everything from prep to cooking to serving (and of course eating)// CDC

    April 26, 2013 at 1:17 am
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