Bitty Bug is 19 months old
It never fails that the second I go into the kitchen to cook a meal, at least one child will be hopping up on the counter to help/ask for a snack/etc. Bug’s really been getting in on the action lately, since she’s become proficient at climbing up the Learning Tower. She usually always wants to help…and not just some fake help (I used to just give her a bowl with flour and water and had her mix it, even if I wasn’t using flour or water that day). Now she wants to *really* help. She notices now if you didn’t use what she “cooked” for the meal. 😉
This week, I was making some sauteed red potato slices with herbs, and it’s amazing how much of the process can be done by a toddler! Sure, it takes longer (*cough* a lot longer….), but actually, it worked out well…she kept busy and I could prepare the rest of the meal without having to stop every 5 seconds because she wanted to be picked up/wanted to empty every cabinet in the kitchen/wanted to have a snack/etc.
Next, I did the chopping…Bug is not quite ready for chopping potatoes yet. 😉
Bug *loved* helping make the potatoes (and ate every last slice on her plate afterwards. 😀 ) There were a lot of hidden learning items in just the simple exercise of letting a child cook with you…we counted the potatoes, Bug had to follow a process when she was washing the potatoes, she did transferring with a whole hand when she moved the potatoes to the various bowls, she used the pincher grasp for moving the slices to the pan, wrist turning with scrubbing, stirring, and dry pouring. She also learned a little bit of independence and a whole lot of pride.
And a random picture of Bug observing the caterpillars…