The Robot and I quite often cook together. He’s 8 months old, so we don’t actually cook together, I’m not that crazy. He will sit in his high chair and watch me cook and bake. It’s great as I can witter at him and he likes to listen! Sometimes I’ll crank the radio up and sing cheesy songs into the ladle at him. He likes utensils, I let him play with these too. It does mean more washing up as they all end up on the floor! We bang drums on pans and generally it is all good fun while I get the tea made.
This is the first time that I have attempted to let him cook though so I had to choose a good recipe. Flapjack! I melted the wet ingredients first and let them cool down so he could get his hands in. If you have ever tried cooking with a baby, they aren’t much use, it’s all about the play, the texture, taste and smell. In an effort to get edible flap jack I did intervene and mixed it up to finish.
It was good fun and it got rather messy, we only managed early photos! I’m not sure how much The Robot ate either. Even the bowl got a good chewing. I would recommend cooking as an activity with anyone. I am looking forward for The Robot to age so I can do more elaborate recipes with him with less mess. It would be good if he grows up with a knowledge of good food, where it comes from and what to do with it!
#ABC123 is a challenge I have set myself to complete 26 weeks of posts, every week a different letter of the alphabet. This week we are on the letter C. My chosen Play activity is cooking.
Do you have any good tips on cooking with teeny children? What are your favourite recipes? How old are your budding chefs? Let me know.