If you have ever had a young child underfoot in the kitchen while you are trying to do something you will no doubt think this whole idea of cooking with a 2 year-old is crazy. I used to think the same. Until I found that a lot of times Audrey calms down and is much easier to handle if I simply find something she can do. I started off with small projects and even then we had some trouble. There is very little in the way of how-to on cooking with children under the age of 5. What I found is that she had no problem simply placing ingredients in the bread machine and then pressing the button to turn it on. She simply wanted to help. Here is a cute video of her from one of our first cooking adventures. She is so young in this video.
Soon it will be Maurene's turn; she started helping a bit the other day. I was pulling basil off a plant I keep in the kitchen and she pointed to it. When I gave her a leaf she threw it on the pizza just like I was doing. Just to make sure it was intentional I gave her another one and she repeated the action. They learn by watching. Let your little one pour some flour in the stand mixer or help put the ingredients in the crock pot. It will be worth it in the long run.