As a parent, I’m very mindful of NOT doing everything for the little one. She has to chip in for household chores and I learnt that she will willingly do those tasks because she wants to do what the adults are doing, which is good news to me! Obviously, such work is fun and play to the little one and when she knows she is co-labouring with her mama, she gets immense satisfaction.
For now, Faith helps to mop the floor with me and keeps get the clothes from the dryer. She is learning how to fold her clothes, and this not without a degree of difficulty. But she will get there.
And whenever possible, I would get her to be involved in cooking and baking because it’s something that she likes to do since she often sees her mama working hard in the kitchen.
Pizza! It’s such a simple thing to do with a toddler.
I cheated and used pre-made pizza crust. If you are diligent like my friend, you would make your own bread dough but I’m lazy on that particular day. Other ingredients include tomato paste, honey baked ham, mushroom, peppers (red, green and yellow), spinach leaves and cheeses.
Well, you can definitely use chicken or beef or pork but you would have to cook them for a while before using them as toppings on the pizza. I wanted to minimise work and thus used ham. Moreover, I find the meat a tad tough for Faith once they go through the baking.
You can definitely get the little one to cut the ham or other ingredients into smaller pieces which he/she will love doing. Thereafter, lay all the ingredients and get them to spread the tomato paste and place the toppings on the crust. You will expect mess, definitely, but it’s all part of the learning process.
Cooking or baking is good for teaching procedural text, ya know? Ok, I will not delve into that.
Look at that facial expression? Faith told me she couldn’t eat leaves when she was asked to place the spinach leaves as toppings. She has associated the spinach leaves with the fallen leaves she found on the ground. Ah…hilarious.
Comfort food that got snapped up within minutes. It’s really that simple to make and good to eat.