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Cooking Fun With Your Little One

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Most toddlers and preschoolers love to be "helpers" in the kitchen. And while that extra set of hands might slow things down and make more of a mess, introducing your child to cooking can be a nice way to bond and spend time together. As a bonus: Being involved with meal preparation may even help encourage your tot to establish healthy eating habits and to try new foods. Here's how to make the most of your time with your junior chef.

Choose an easy recipe.

Keep your child's age and developmental level in mind when picking a dish, avoiding complicated or time-consuming recipes. Choose something with only a few ingredients and simple steps, like a fruit-and-yogurt parfait. Because little kids like to stick their fingers in their mouths, avoid anything that could expose them to uncooked ingredients that pose a risk, like cookie dough made with raw eggs.

Shop together.

Grocery shopping with a toddler in tow may make for a longer outing, but it can be fun and educational to find the ingredients needed to make a dish together. Boost your toddler’s development by making the shopping trip a learning experience. As you pull items from the shelves, talk about how they add to the dish's flavor ("These blueberries will help make our muffins sweet!"), ask your child whether he wants a red, yellow, or green pepper in your salad, or give him an introductory spelling lesson by pointing to letters on packaging ("Sugar starts with the letter 's'").

 
 

 
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