“DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD!” How many times we were told not to play with food when we were children? The truth is that letting your kiddos participate in cooking activities may help developing their independence, confidence, critical thinking, problem-solving, coordination and creativity!
Having your little one help with meal prep is a great activity for kids of all ages. Sure, every age has a particular set of age-appropriate challenges, but children's natural curiosity and desire for independence make it a perfect stage of development for them to begin exploring in the kitchen -with supervision and guidance.
A memory-making, skill-building, family experience
Why is cooking with children such a great activity?When toddlers are engaged in food prep they are stimulating their senses for learning. Here are some examples of just a few additional skills they will develop by cooking:
Fine motor skills (pincer grasp, scooping)
Mealtime skills (pouring, tasting)
Gross motor skills (reaching, sitting)
Language skills (food vocabulary, following directions)
Play skills (solitary play, imaginary play)
Social skills (manners, turn-taking)
So if you are looking for more ways to entertain your toddler, work on language skills and motor skills, build confidence and foster enthusiasm for healthy eating...
Gather your little helpers, grab your ully® Learning Tower, and let the fun begin! Cooking together will achieve all that and more...
mobli® chocolate mug cake for cooking with your children
2 tbs chocolate powder
4 tbs flour
3 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
4 tbs vegetable oil
4 tbs milk
Chocolate Chips (as many as you want!)
In a large mug, place all the dry ingredients first and mix well with a spoon.
Then add the egg and beat it a little on top of the dry ingredients to break the yolk. Add oil & milk and mix again using the spoon to grind all of the cocoa against the side of the cup so there are no lumps.
Finish with some chocolate chips or other yummy toppings.
Microwave in high for about 2 minutes. The dough will rise quickly and may even come out a little, don't worry, it's normal.
Just wait in front of your microwave with your spoon ready! Let it warm for a few minutes and serve warm with your favorite TOPPING!