Pea and Sweetcorn mini omelettes
So, Reuben is a fussy eater. He likes a few set meals and while his diet is balanced, it’s not what you would call varied! A good while ago I read nearly every post on a site called Your Kids Table, in which the author and Paediatric occupational therapist, Alisha, discussed what to do if you think your child won’t eat certain foods because they don’t like the texture. Apparently sensory activities are great for this and can dramatically improve what your child will eat. She has handily put together this fab post full of sensory bin ideas, and we have been starting small (and slow because there aren’t enough hours in the day!). Today I’m sharing a part sensory, part cooking experiment I did with Reuben a few weeks ago…I call it cooking with toddlers, but really this was more about learning through play than eating!
Cooking with Toddlers – Pea and Sweetcorn mini omelettes
1. Firstly, I gave Reuben a bowl of frozen peas (nice and cold sensory explosion!), a bowl of sweetcorn, a spoon and a mixing jug. I let him explore without interfering and the first thing he did was stick his hand into the peas and gives one a try. *punches air* Progress already!
This is a bit cold!
2. He then went about moving the peas, first with the spoon and then he just tipped the whole lot into the jug.
3. On to the sweetcorn – look at the lovely mix of colours! He didn’t want to touch or try the sweetcorn, but that’s OK, all in good time. He enjoyed having a mix and making a mess!
4. Then once he had made a good ol’ mess, we scooped everything up (the surfaces and his hands were clean!) into a bowl and cracked in some eggs. At this point I encouraged him to mix with the fork and kept an eye on him to make sure he didn’t put it in his mouth.
5. Then we cooked the mixture. Now this was the tricky bit, hence no photos, but I really wanted him to see how it went from a runny mess into little omelettes. I spooned some mixture into the pan but was very careful to keep him away from the heat. He was genuinely interested to see what was going on! Then once the mini omelettes had cooled a little, we sat at the table and he tried some. He didn’t eat it all or even much more than a mouthful but hands down, there is no way he would have tried some if he hadn’t been so involved…
So, a little success with our first attempt at cooking with toddlers. I find that it’s quite difficult to think of other things we could make together.
Do you do any cooking with toddlers? What recipes would you recommend?
I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below and feel free to link to any posts you’ve done about it!