Since L was a baby, i've always had him in the kitchen with me while I cook. He would sit on the counter in his carrier and I would describe everything I was doing. When he was one, we started pretend cooking with different kinds of noodles and bowls. Gradually it has become more involved and elaborate and it's also become one of his favorite things to do. True it can be messy, but if know me or if you've followed my blog for any length of time you may know that my philosphy is
"Life is messy. Get over it...and let your kids have fun!"
Noodles, spices, tea bags, oatmeal, rice, dried corn, birdseed, dried orange slices, etc.
Washed and dried egg shells
A bowl or two of water is really the highlight and magic of the whole thing.
It allows them to mix things, experiment, and really feel like they are cooking!
His delicious soup which he called "ornament soup"
Cupcakes were on the menu for dessert!
I gave L a new muffin tin with some baking ingredients
(sprinkles, salt, flour, spices, etc)
and some playdough to serve as our DOUGH...naturally.
I then gave him cupcake tins and he knew right away what to do with his dough!
Then it was time to bake them!
I put the whole thing in the oven and we counted to 10.
ding ding ding! (literally I said "ding ding ding")
Oh man he was sooo excited!
Now it's time for the whip cream!
(a squeeze bottle full of shaving cream)
and of course, who could resist tasting them at this point...
Think he liked it?
But he sure was proud of his cupcakes!
Looks good enough to eat! Right? errrr...
As you can see, L had tons of fun! Not only is it fun, but with all the textures and smells, it's quite a sensory experience for kids as well. If your still cringing about the mess, seriously...it wasn't bad at all to clean up. Plastic table cloths are a swear by item for messy projects and it really does make clean up super simple.
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