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    Default Baking/cooking with a toddler

    My almost 18 month old is starting to show an interest in 'helping' me in the kitchen. DH made him one of these http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/03/l...ing-tower.html so he can get up to the bench and get to the sink etc.

    I really want to start doing some baking/cooking with him so I'm after your best easy, healthy recipes that I can make with him. I don't want him eating cookies all the time

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    I've been cooking/baking with mine since they were old enough to sit on the bench (and I'm still mostly sane lol) apart from cookies (oat and choc chip and anzacs are regulars) and cake, scones (plain, pumpkin, savoury), muffins (sweet or savoury) and scrolls and pita breads are all good to go with kids - oh and pikelets! I can add my basic recipes that I use if you like?

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    How cute! DD also loved to help in the kitchen from an early age, things they can do from that age:

    - play with dough / sprinkle basic toppings into home made pizzas
    - drop handfuls of things into the top of the blender to make a smoothie eg crushed weetbix, frozen berries, banana, spoon of yogurt
    - play and pretend "chop" (blunt or plastic knife) with bits of grated veggies that you're going to hide in a casserole or lasagne

    Remember it's all about the process rather than the outcome at that age, just let them have fun!

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    My littlies start cooking at that age. They like peeling and chopping vegies - teach them the right way to do it young. I also get them to help me feed the vegies into the slow cooker. Packet mixes are good and so is anything where you have to knead dough.

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    Wow my daughter is 21 months and I hadn't even considered letting her help me yet. Will have to get her to help make some pizzas :-)

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    DS at that age started putting the toppings on his pizzas, stirred pancake or scrambled egg mixture and would generally just sit at the kitchen bench and watch

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    My boy loves to help. He also fell head first off the bench and ended up in hospital. It happened so quick. It didn't stop him though. He loves licking the bowl on the floor after making cake and the spoon which gets re dipped in the mixture over and over

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    Thanks everyone, some great ideas here already

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    My boys make their own breakfast too. I know a lot of people would be horrified (mostly my mil) but I let them stand at the stove and cook porridge. They have both had burnt fingers because they didn't listen - but they sure as eggs listen now.

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    I made wholemeal blueberry muffins with dd1 today, she loved cracking the eggs and tipping all of the ingredients into the bowl and mixing. Took her about half an hour to add the blueberries (one by one as toddlers do!) but she had great fun making them and was so proud to show them off to Daddy!

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