Friday, August 19, 2011

PB&J Toddler Style

Audrey has been in the kitchen a long time. She was first introduced to the joys of cooking by her grandparents two years ago during an extended visit. When she got underfoot in the kitchen they found her a stool and had her help. We are forever grateful to their patience in helping us understand how much fun cooking with children can be. 

In the beginning Audrey could help if assisted, then she moved to helping without assistance, and now she tries to do it on her on. I decided to let her make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with very little assistance. She was provided with all of the necessary tools and guidance along the way.

Spreading peanut butter.

Adding jam.

Finished product.

It ended up being a little bit of a messy project but she completed it with style. She kept working on the bread to make sure every inch was covered with peanut butter and jam. In the end she was so proud of the fact that she was able to make lunch all by herself! Next time you are making sandwiches you might consider allowing your toddler or preschooler to help a bit. It really was a fun project and not too messy!

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  1. This is so exciting to me that there are children who can and are able to safely help out in the kitchen, and that there are parents who know how.
    My MIL came for a 3 week visit and let my 4 year old and 18 month old (at that time) help her cook all the time. I've never done it because I don't want them to get hurt.
    Well its been 4 months since she's left us, and for some reason I thought I would give it a shot, and see if I could get my now almost 2 year old to help make mac n cheese (as he did his Mam Ma). Big mistake for me, he got a huge burn on his hand from our gas stove. So I think I'll just stick and start with kid helpers that don't use heat. Sandwiches are a good start for me.
    Thanks for the cool idea!

  2. Mo got a serious burn once but healed just fine. We tend not to work on stove projects but I have found easy ways to let them help a bit. Try starting with breakfast or lunch and use the microwave, slow cooker, or baking. These work best for us.

  3. The fish bread made cute sandwich! I think the bread should be completely covered with peanut butter too.


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