Over the weekend, Leia made a mess in the living room while I was resting in the bedroom. After cleaning up, I told her firmly “No iPad for Leia today”. Simple sentence to help her understand the consequence of her action. My 27 month old seemed to accept her punishment well by doing hands-on activities and story time all day with no mention of iPad.
Next day, Leia told me she doesn’t want iPad already and asked to put her favourite electronic at a place out of her reach. I was smiling with a raised eyebrow. To reward her positive thought/behavior, I called for Baby Chef Time!
- Cherry Tomatoes
- 2 Eggs
- Bacon Bits
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- White Pepper
- Italian Herbs
For safety purpose, I gave Leia the spreading knife to cut the cherry tomatoes. Having a blunt knife, it was hard to cut through the tomato skin so I had to help her out.
Good practice for eyes, hands coordination and listening to instructions. We talked about the colour and texture. Then, we moved on to breaking eggs into the bowl filled with cut cherry tomatoes.
My mum taught Leia how to peel the shell off hard boiled eggs and for the first time, she experienced what was like to break raw eggs. As I had to assist her, no pictures but imagine Leia knocking the egg on the table and with lightning speed, I quickly moved her hands to the bowl and the egg slipped off its shell and into the bowl. Phew!
Pepper & Herbs
Got Leia to smell the condiments. Not too near to her nose and she was enthusiastic about adding the pepper and herbs. In her hand, the Italian Herbs was reccomended by B.
Aftter scooping the bacon bits into mixture bowl, Leia used her hand to add Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.
Final stir and I brought the mixture bowl to the kitchen. Using a non-stick pan, I was expecting omelette but turned out to be scrambled eggs. Must be the great amount of cheese.
Cooking was done. Leia prepared her sandwich with scrambled eggs and bacon bits.
Toddlers learn through doing, so cooking and kitchen activities are great ideas for toddler learning experiences. During the process, Leia was focused as her five senses were being stimulated.
- Visually – She saw different formation of ingredients combinations
- Sensorial – Feeling the textures of food and using tools like spreading knife and spoon to stir and scoop ingredients
- Language – The instructions I gave came with new vocabs (words we use during food preparation) and we described the textures and colours together
- Smell – I got her to smell different ingredients except the raw ones
- Taste – Results of our cooking activity
I see that she wants to practice more on cutting so I’m going to prepare bananas for her to cut with the spreading knife.