If you mention food to a toddler, they’re going to want to have a snack. After reading “If You Give a Moose a Muffin“, by Laura Numeroff, Big Kid immediately asked if we could make muffins. In her defense, muffins are something we make frequently, and we were all out.
If You Give a Moose a Muffin is lovely little story of a boy who befriends a moose, giving him a muffin. He, of course, wants jam to go with it, leading the boy on a series of adventures to keep the moose happy. While I prefer the original title in this collection, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie“, this is an entertaining story nonetheless.
Our muffin adventure began with measuring and mixing. We made banana muffins, using up some bananas that had gotten extra ripe. We’ve made these enough that Big Kid is now independent getting out the cookie sheets, muffin tins, and muffin liners, and getting them all ready. She is learning how to scoop the batter into the liners.
After reading, cooking is one of Big Kids favorite activities. She loves measuring, mixing, asking Alexa for recipes, sampling ingredients, chopping, and even the clean up. It’s something we do together often, and something I am happy she enjoys. There are so many benefits to cooking with kids, and so many things she is learning each time we do it together. This is a great article about the benefits of cooking with toddlers and older children. Try it!
Have you read any books that led you to a cooking project?