Here’s a snapshot of dinner preparation hour in the Maynard home: Mom trying to get food on the table as quickly as possible, Cate & Anna playing in their room. Rarely do I figure how to get Cate involved in the food prep process (Anna is still too young). I know Cate loves helping me cook, but I’m usually in a rush and not creative enough to get her involved.
Last night we had english muffin pizzas. She helped me “chop” (with a butter knife, which she THINKS is a sharp knife) mushrooms for the pizza and strawberries for the salad. She helped put toppings on the pizzas and adding ingredients to the salad. I could tell she was in HEAVEN, so happy to be at my side, cooking like her mom.
It’s pretty easy to get kids involved with baking since there is lots of dumping and stirring. But what about other types of cooking, especially at dinnertime? I would love to get Cate more involved with cooking, beyond cookies and english muffin pizzas.
So, a call to all the parents/aunts/uncles/grandparents/friends-to-little-ones out there: Please share your fantastic, safe, and fun “Cooking wth Kids” tips!