Did you grow up helping your parents cook? I did and I genuinely believe that growing up in the kitchen contributed to my love of cooking as an adult. It also is why I want Adelaide to help us in the kitchen as much as possible — and why she’s been helping us for months now!

cooking with toddlers

why you should let your kids help in the kitchen.

First and foremost, it is a great bonding experience — especially while doing something that has to be done, after all, we all have to eat right? I love working on “projects” with Adelaide and cooking a meal is one that benefits the entire family. Not only is cooking with your kids great bonding time, it helps to create a sense of ownership for them. This sense of ownership over what they’re creating in the kitchen can often mean more willingness to try new things. I know Adelaide likes to taste most of the ingredients that we’re adding to a meal — which means she’s often snacking on raw mushrooms or broccoli and chomping on cauliflower rice! Letting kids help in the kitchen is also a great way for toddlers to hone their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. I am constantly amazed at Adelaide’s fine motor skills, especially when she’s helping in the kitchen.

what we do.

Adelaide has been helping us in the kitchen since around her first birthday. We actually purchased her a learning tower for her first birthday and it was a game changer for us all — I would highly recommend getting one of these for your toddler. Now that Adelaide is nearing her second birthday, her kitchen skills have definitely expanded. When she first began helping us in the kitchen, she mostly just stirred ingredients together. But now she can pass us the ingredients we ask for, dump things into different bowls, and her very favorite — wash produce in the sink.

Now I’m not saying that having a toddler help you in the kitchen is always the easiest — or cleanest — route, but we have seen huge benefits and growth in Adelaide since she has been helping out in the kitchen! We have learned that to alleviate frustrations in the kitchen we need to give ourselves extra prep time and lots & lots of paper towels.

gluten free blender waffles.

These waffles are our very favorite breakfast food! They are so easy, gluten-free, and kid approved.

ingredients.

  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter {melted & slightly cooled}
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 eggs
  • optional: 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon maple syrup

instructions.

Combine oats, salt & baking powder in a blender. Blend for at least 1 minute. Add in the eggs & water and blend for another minute. Add the melted butter and sweeteners if using. Blend for one more minute. Let sit for 5ish minutes while the waffle iron heats up. Pour onto waffle iron {we use a spatula to spread the batter around}. Cook according to waffle iron instructions.

Makes about 6 waffles depending on your waffle iron.

These waffles are the best — we usually do not add any sweetner to them because we top them with berries and maple syrup which seems like enough sugar! They freeze well and are great reheated in the toaster. And the best part: Adelaide can help with almost every part of the process!

our waffle making essentials.

We love for Adelaide to help us in the kitchen — it’s not a fast or tidy process but it is so much fun and such a great way to spend time with her while getting a necessary task accomplished! I can’t wait for her to start helping more and more as she gets older. And I hope that her love for cooking will grow just as mine did growing up in my mother’s and grandmothers’ kitchens. These are the things we can leave with our kids — these are the small moments that make big memories.

Do your kids help in the kitchen? Did you grow up cooking or teach yourself later? Tell me in the comments!

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