Children as young as toddlers have a strong desire and drive to participate in family life. Preparing food, baking, serving, and cleaning up are all gratifying activities that directly support your child’s natural development as well as your family well-being. “Confidence, competence, and self-esteem follow naturally when children see their kitchen efforts make a meaningful contribution.”
With adult help, young children can manage many skills in the kitchen independently. Support success by inviting the child to work alongside you with a child-friendly work area with easy access to child size tools that fit small hands.
If you ask a child what would you like for breakfast and they say smoothie, say: “Great! Let’s make a batch. First we need to squeeze the oranges.”
When you introduce tools and techniques one at a time, children are sure to master each new skill, feel a stronger sense of belonging and feel like a contributing member of the family. It’s meaningful activities like these that will ignite your “little helper” to work!
Here is a great tasting smoothie to try over summer. You will need…
1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice,
1 1/2 cups of fresh pineapple chunks,
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 cup of your favorite yogurt.
Blend and enjoy.
Thank you Melissa Rewa for sharing your recipe and pictuers with our school community.
Do you have a yummy smoothie you’d like to share with us? Leave the recipe or link in the comment section below.