Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Works for me Wednesday

Well with our greatest hits for todays topic I reviewed my previous posts and found the one with the largest amount of comments. Here it is please enjoy.

I have a very high needs toddler that likes to be the center of my world! She generally is but sometimes I have to cook dinner ;) So in the kitchen we have set up a drawer that has her toys in it. Some fake food, a bowl or two and some big serving spoons so that she can prepare her own dinner. She loves to go in the kitchen to "help" me cook dinner. I will assign her tasks and if she needs a little extra incentive to stay away from the stove or whatever I will even put a little water in her bowl and let her stir it up. This has worked great for us and she knows which drawer is hers and which ones are not. We also have a cabinet with tupper ware stuff in it that I will let her rummage through.

* I would like to add now that she is older she sits by the stove more often then not and I will let her help me put things in the pot or stir it before it gets to hot. I have also started giving her a bowl of beans to stir up (just the dry ones) they are of the mixed variety so we use it to work with colors. Oh and you can get a pot and put it in the sink and let her have old seasonings to "make" soup while you do whatever. This one is definitely a crowd pleaser!

So this works for me and Anna! If you want some more fabulous ideas head over to Rocks in My Dryer. Thanks for stopping by!!!


  1. Great ideas - my youngest is 16 months and I'll have to try some of those suggestions!

  2. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I need to do this for my toddler.

  3. Cooking with my toddler is one of our favorite things to do together.

    He also has Melissa and Dougs Wooden Spice Rack, he loves to pull those out and use them with his tupperware sometimes while I cook.


  4. I love cooking with my girls. They love to stir things and add things to the pot also. We also have a "stove" that we bought at a thrift store for $2.

  5. I love your dry beans and "soup" ideas! I let my eighteen month old rifle through a bottom drawer filled with muffin tins, rolling pin, etc. while I cook. Of course then I have to wash the pans before I bake anything!


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