My Toddler Cooks, Visual Recipe Guide
The kitchen offers such a beautiful opportunity for making memories, bonding with our kids, and helping them acquire essential real life skills in a super fun way.
Positively interacting with food without the pressure of eating – which is what cooking offers – also does wonders with little picky eaters. You’ll realize how when you ask them to taste something, they won’t, but when you ask them to help chop, mash, pour etc.. they’ll very often end up taking a lick or a bite!
These visual recipe cards are meant to make your child’s involvement in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable for both of you. They will help guide you on how to prep the environment and in what ways to involve your child. They are fun & easy to follow for kids as young as 2 years old!
Are you ready to turn family cooking from stress to fun?!
*This is a digital product. You will not be receiving any physical product.*
A visual recipe guide is a kid-friendly set of instructions that is presented using pictures or illustrations instead of text. Visual recipe guides can be a useful tool for helping children, especially pre-readers, learn how to cook and bake, and can make the process more accessible, engaging, and interactive for them.
This guide uses realistic photos to represent all of the ingredients and tools needed as well as a visual representation of the actions required by your child to prepare the recipes independently or with minimal adult assistance. It makes it easier for children of all ages to follow along and stay on track while cooking, as they can see exactly what they need to do at each step.
By providing 6 easy-to-follow recipes with detailed instructions for you, the parent, and clear step-by-step pictures for your child, we hope to make your child’s involvement in the kitchen easier, more fun, and enjoyable for both of you.
WHAT AGES ARE THESE CARDS FOR & HOW TO USE THEM?
These cards are designed for kids between the ages of 2 and 10.
With young toddlers, you’ll use the first page instructions to set-up the space and help guide your child, and your child will use the second page (visual instructions) to follow and prepare the recipe.
Preschoolers & young kids who are beginning to read can start prepping their own space and use the cards to gather ingredients & material, as well as read the simple action verbs on the visual instructions page.
Older kids can read the full recipe and instructions and execute fully independently under your supervision.
WHY COOKING WITH OUR KIDS MATTERS
While cooking with us, kids get the chance to practice fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, pre-math skills, language development, following instructions, observing action-reactions, all while doing something productive that will give them a tangible end result they will be proud of and can enjoy with the family. This means it also builds their confidence, self-esteem and autonomy.
If that wasn’t enough, cooking with us is one of the best ways to consistently offer our kids positive no-pressure exposure to a variety of foods, and this plays a very important role in helping maneuver those picky toddler years. Learning about different ingredients and how they are used in different recipes can help them develop a greater appreciation for food and cooking.
BENEFITS OF A VISUAL RECIPE GUIDE
A visual recipe guide can help children learn a variety of skills, including:
Measurement: your child can learn about measurement and how to measure ingredients using measuring cups and spoons.
Safety: your child can learn about kitchen safety and how to handle different tools and equipment.
Language: your child can build their vocabulary related to cooking and food.
Creativity: your child can learn to be creative and experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create their own recipes.
Basic cooking techniques: your child can learn basic cooking techniques, such as chopping, stirring, and mixing, which can then help them become more confident and competent in the kitchen.
Following instructions: your child can learn to pay attention to details and follow a series of steps in order to successfully prepare a recipe.
No-pressure exposure: your child can learn about different ingredients and how they contribute to a healthy diet.
Overall, a visual recipe guide can be a useful tool for helping children learn important skills that will serve them well in the kitchen and beyond.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY PURCHASE?
Once you complete your order, you will instantly receive a link to download your digital pack. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
- Notes for parents on how to use these cards
- 6 simple and delicious recipes
- 2 cards for every recipe
**We recommend you print and laminate the recipe cards, especially the 2nd page meant for the tiny hands in your kitchen.
Rana Abou Salman is a mom of two, a passionate cook & recipe developer who is on a mission to help parents raise healthy happy eaters. She shares her experience with her family, and offers parenting-at-the-table coaching programs on feeding babies and toddlers the child led way, as well as programs to support parents struggling with that tricky picky eating toddler phase.
Lynn El Bizri is is a mom and certified AMI 0-3 teaching assistant who cares deeply about sharing her parenting knowledge and experiences with others. She offers Montessori focused support to families and her online course ‘Bringing Montessori Home’ guides parents through the principles of Montessori as well as how to implement them at home.