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Teaching a toddler to cook - any suggestions?

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Teaching a toddler to cook - any suggestions?

lupaglupa | Aug 9, 2007 10:53 AM

My 2 1/2 year old son is dying to get into the kitchen and cook with me. I want him to learn but he's very limited in what he can do. For starters - no knives! I have let him stir a bit and put muffin liner papers into muffin tins. I want to help him move to the next step but I'm not sure what would be a good project for him. He's smart but is hopeless about following directions - he just does his own thing.

When I was a child my mother let us help do things like roll snickerdoodle dough in the cinnamon sugar. I'm a bit reluctant to do that with him since I'm sure he'll eat the dough and I don't want the eggs to make him sick.

Do any other parents have good ideas? Ideally I'd like him to be able to see the finished project soon enough that he'll know it was what he made. And I don't want to do things like cinnamon toast where it isn't 'real' cooking. I'd like him to really get a chance to learn.

Or - am I crazy to start this when he's so little?

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