One of my favorite things to do with my toddler is cook. It's a great way to teach her self-control with her hands, following step-by-step instructions, practice scooping, measuring, and pouring, and spending some quality time together. It also helps her learn hands-on kitchen safety, the names of the cooking tools we use, and proper clean-up after and during cooking.She then gets to enjoy the fruits of her labor...literally! We've been cooking together since she was one. It can get messy, but it's worth every second of it, in my opinion.
Here's a fun one for you and your little one(s) to try together:
Pumpkin Pie Popsicles
*1 can of 100% Pure Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
*1/4-1/2 cup of Maple syrup
*2/3 cup of light cream
*1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- Put pumpkin and cream in a bowl and mix. Add maple syrup to desired sweetness. You may not need as much as 1/2 a cup. Add cinnamon.
- Pour into popsicle molds. Let it freeze.
*This makes 6-8 large popsicles. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray, put plastic wrap over it, and stick the popsicle sticks through to keep the sticks in place while it freezes.
Most importantly...don't be afraid to make a mess. :)