Are you used to preparing meals with scampering kids around your fee? If yes, why not get your children involved in food preparation and make it a team effort.
Health professionals encourage cooking with children. It helps encourage more adventurous eating, improves hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills and also advances little ones interest in maths and language.
We love the idea of encouraging children to take more of a role in choosing, preparing and cooking simple meals which means they actually end up eating a wider variety of foods. It’s all part of children understanding what’s in their food and we know that’s incredibly important. Knowing what’s good, what’s not, what’s an occasional treat ingredient and what’s a healthy option helps children build a more positive relationship with food. And it’s part of why we believe in Doddl so much, because it opens up so many opportunities for young children to learn about food and healthy eating in the very early stages of their lives.
Letting your children touch the ingredients, and talk about where it has come from is a great way to overcome food anxieties – the more familiar and comfortable they become, the more likely they are to eat it all at the end as it becomes all part of the experience. Counting out the ingredients, talking about the colours, and even discussing which letter they begin with are other ways to learn through cooking. It can be a very sociable and enjoyable experience (with the right prep and time made available!)
Yes, it can get messy, but when you think about the potential upsides, it’s worth it. Especially seeing the sense of pride in a child when they know they have been involved in creating something that is presented as a meal to you, to them and possibly the whole family to enjoy!
Keep your eye on @doddlkids for simple recipe ideas and swap out suggestions if you do have a more challenging eater…