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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cooking with Kids - Little hands helping in the kitchen!

Mommy, Can I Help?
Our family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, as I'm sure is true about many families.  I love that the girls want to help while I'm cooking, and there are a lot of lessons about math, science and life that occur in the time we spend there, whether they recognize it or not.  That said, many of the activities we enjoy together take a lot of preparation, not to mention careful management and cleanup!  Every once in awhile I want the girls to be able to enjoy themselves and play a bit in a way that actually helps me and also allows me to be productive at the same time.  This is one of those activities!

Look! A clean potato!

I had a huge sack of potatoes and was making several dishes at the same time - all of which required slicing and dicing of cleaned potatoes.  In came two sweet little girls wanting to help, and so we got out two big bowls, a stack of towels, and two vegetable scrubbers.  With towels spread out underneath, I filled the bowls halfway with water and the girls went to town scrubbing and splashing.  When they were done, we dumped the water out and used the wet towels to clean the floor - how's that for serving double duty!

Do you have little hands that like to help?  What are your favorite activities when your kids are in the kitchen?

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