Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tasty Tuesday - Kids In The Kitchen, Part 2

My children are 3, 2, and 6 months. My two toddlers LOVE to help prepare their own meals. I'm running late on posting this and it's way past my bedtime, but I just wanted to give you a few meal ideas that preschool-age children can help with:

ham and cheese croissants - roll up ham and cheese into croissant before baking

English muffin or biscuit pizzas - add sauce, cheese, and toppings

- pour pre-measured oatmeal and water into bowl before microwaving, add raisins/bananas/etc.

eggs and toast
- stir eggs before cooking, butter toast

- stir batter, drop onto cookie sheet on into muffin tin, decorating cookies

peanut butter & jelly sandwiches - spread peanut butter and jelly and cut in half

salad - tear lettuce, wash veggies, and add toppings

homemade bread - grease pan, knead dough

Don't underestimate your preschoolers. They are capable of many things if you take the time to teach them. :)

Last week, I received lots of great ideas for ways that kids of all ages can help in the kitchen in various ways! Please keep the ideas coming!

Other parts of this series:

Part 1
Part 3
Part 4


jane said...

One interesting side effect of recently implementing menu-planning at our house . . . my 7 year old checks the menu on the fridge every morning now to see if there's anything planned for dinner that he can help prepare. I originally posted the menus there for my own benefit, so it surprised me that he even noticed. But he's really interested in it now! (Helps to keep me accountable/on track too.)

Military Crunchy Mama said...

Monkey Bread! I cut the dough, then my 5 and 3 year olds coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Funny story...my 5 year old loves to make juice (we buy it frozen in a can). I usually help him, but one day I was busy cooking so I didn't have time right then to help. He made it all by himself. When he got done he tossed the spoon in the sink and started chanting "I did it! I did it!"