Arranging the cooking and dining area in your home for your child does not have to be a huge undertaking, nor done all at once. As suggested in the last recipe blog, around 6 months you can consider giving your child their own cabinet or drawer in the kitchen, filled with a variety of safe kitchen tools. Once your child is able to safely sit up alone and providing there is room, Montessori Tides highly recommends providing the use of a child sized table and chairs where your child can prepare and eat snacks, or enjoy all meals.
Clearly, it is easier to secure your child in a high chair than to help them learn how to eat independently; but in this way your child learns that they have a choice over how much they eat. Once the child has eaten enough food, they can freely leave the table, while all remaining food stays at the table. (This also prevents children from running around the house with food and drinks). It is usually both safe and appropriate to let your child determine how much and what they will eat of the wholesome foods that you offer. Studies have shown that a child will eat a balanced diet over the course of many days, though each individual meal may not be balanced.
1 C whole wheat pastry flour – 3/4 C unbleached white flour 1 Tbs baking powder – 1/2 tsp salt (I omitted) 2 tsp cinnamon -1/2 tsp ground ginger -1/4 tsp allspice – 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 eggs 1 C pureed pumpkin or winter squash 1 tsp vanilla 2 C milk 3 Tbs canola oil
Stir (and sift) together all the dry ingredients in a med. size bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the pumpkin & vanilla. Beat in the milk & oil until smooth. Add to flour mixture. Cook as usual! These smelled *wonderful* while cooking….like Christmas!
SOURCE: “Beyond the Moon” cookbook by Ginny Callan **Freezes Well**
Serve this healthy and nutritious breakfast food! You don’t have to rely on cold cereals for breakfast; try this easy to prepare breakfast food that all ages will love!