Toddler Practical Life: Food Preparation

snackprepI want to give Sixtine as much independence as possible. At almost two, doing things for herself is something she craves for. She absolutely loves to watch me cook, and help whenever possible. And so today, I decided to let her use her child-sized knife to make her own snack. She was very excited to spread cream cheese on a piece of bread, and pour water in her glass. She hasn’t mastered spreading in one session but it will come! She has been a wonderful help in the kitchen, making cakes, muffins, and breads, husking corn, and brushing potatoes and carrots! I hope that these will be memories that will last! How proud she was to serve me a snack that she had made herself!

Toddler Cooking: Mixed Berries And Banana Smoothie

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Ingredients + Recipe for Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (we used organic)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Shake it up
  • Enjoy!

Toddler Cooking: Easy Apple Crumble Recipe

Easy messy apple crisp recipe ingredients for 4-6 servings:

  • Topping: Half a cup of all purpose flour + 1/4 of granulated sugar + 1/4 cup of brown sugar + 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon + 1/8 tsp of salt + 6 tbsp of cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Filling: 3-4 apples peeled, cored and cut into chunks + 3tbsp of granulated sugar
  • Preheat oven to 375 F or 190 C. Butter baking dish.
  • Mix topping with fingertips (Sixtine’s favorite!) until crumbly.
  • Lick + eat  + spill + drop + laugh + enjoy each other.
  • Toss apple chunks and sugar (you can add some lemon as well but we didn’t) in a bowl and transfer to baking dish.
  • Spread topping evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Let it cool for about half hour. Chase after toddler.
  • Enjoy.

Recipe adapted from Joy of Baking.

It was our first (real) time cooking together and Sixtine and I both enjoyed it a lot. I loved observing her as she was pouring and mixing ingredients. She was very studious and seemed so happy with herself.  De beaux souvenirs…(*beautiful memories) Oh and she is quite the cook too. It was delicious!

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