Whenever I go into the kitchen to make food I always get a little voice (or two) asking “Can I help please Mummy?’.
I do like to get the children involved now as much as possible. There is still a lot that they can’t do, given that they are still only almost 3, however they can help prepare, mix, stir, whisk and even wash up! Yes they make mess, and yes it means making dinner takes twice as long but it really is such a nice way the get them involved and interested in different food and produce.
Home-made pizza is one our favourites. I tend to cheat and buy pre-made bases, but we add our own cheese, tomato, mushrooms, basil, peppers, ham etc. Plus this is a great way of getting the twins to eat vegetables, as they are always excited to see the result – and taste it!
Baking is also perfect for getting little ones involved. Although I am not very good at it, it is a lovely way to spend a few hours – especially on a rainy day or at the weekend. Plus, you get to eat cake at the end! Perfect.
I tend to bring their Ikea child’s table and chairs set into the kitchen, give them a bowl and set them a task each (like whisking or stirring). And they love it! They feel very important and love being grown up.
The end result (with our baking) never usually looks Pinterest worthy – but – the enjoyment is far more important than a stunning looking cake!
We tend to have a good selection of aprons, cooking & baking equipment and utensils to select from at home, so that the twins can use their own and no-body has an argument! Nisbets Plc do a fantastic range of catering equipment and supplies for kitchens as well as for the home chef, like us!
Harry & Lottie also like to set the table. They both like the responsibility and feeling of ‘helping’ Mummy and Daddy.
I must say that Harry & Lottie are not very fussy eaters, and regularly clear their plates. I am therefore passionate about continuing to keep them interested in food; ensuring that they both appreciate how to cook and prepare meals.
Please note: this post was written in collaboration with Nisbets Plc, who provide catering equipment and supplies for kitchens and for the home chef.