I love baking and cooking, and Ethan is a big help in the kitchen. But poor Olivia – she wants to spend time with Mumma and be like big brother standing on the chair next to me mixing (the thought of which makes my tummy do flip flops).
When she was first walking I gave her spatulas to chew on while Ethan and I cooked.
When she started climbing, I gave her bowls and spoons so she could pretend to mix.
But now, she’s on to me, and she wants stuff IN the bowl. It’s a mess waiting to happen, right?
But I’d rather deal with this mess, than a trip to the ER because she fell off the chair… or worse.
This time, I decided that a scoop of oats would do the trick, and would be a fun activity for Liv.
|“All done, Mumma!”|
So, while Ethan and I made up a batch of Toffee Monster Cookies, she happily scooped, mixed, whisked and dumped her oatmeal.
Liv, like Ethan, loves to make her own rules. I imagine that this sort of ‘open-ended play’ is the reason that they (like many children) both adore the sandbox.
The scooping and dumping helps her develop hand-eye coordination and large muscle development, as well as small muscle control – yippe for that!
Plus, it’s a great sensory experience for little ones, and easily kept her entertained for 15 minutes (that’s a long time by toddler standards, right?)
And when she was done?
Yes, there was oatmeal everywhere…
It’s amazing how much mess a toddler can make with less than a cup of oatmeal, but she and Ethan both had fun sweeping up the oatmeal – such teamwork!
What kinds of things do you come up with to keep little ones safe and busy while you’re in the kitchen?