Cooking with Toddlers

kids decorating mini fruit tarts

Cooking with toddlers can be tough. So I wanted to share a couple of tips and tricks that get me through the day. Let me tell you, my daughter is only three and my son is one but they love helping me in the kitchen. Since they are so young, there is not a lot of things I can let them do in the kitchen. Still, they help me with almost everything I do.

Just remember that the time you spend with your children in the kitchen is not a burden, but a special bonding time. Kids learn so much by visual and hands on experiences. My daughter is a lot more likely to eat a salad that she helped me make instead of the one I made by myself. And my son does everything his sister is doing. Before you know it, your toddlers will be all grown up and making you breakfast while you are relaxing. I might have to wait another 10 years before my daughter completely makes breakfast by herself but she is already half way. Check out the Super Easy Omelet she helped me make.

Toddler making omeletAdding mushrooms and bacon to omelet

Even when you are in a hurry, and your kids want to help, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.  Explain to your children that today they just get to watch. I usually sit them down next to me and explain to them that I am in a hurry and they can’t help. If I explain to my children why they can’t help instead of just saying no, they are a lot more likely to be calm instead of throwing a fit.

Probably the hardest part for me is knowing how much of a mess they can make. But there is no other way around it. My daughter is a lot cleaner then my son but there is sill a lot of cleaning to do after we are done cooking.  So, I embrace it and try not to think too much about cleaning and focus on the pretty stuff, like these fruit tarts that the kids decorated. They

kid holding mini fruit tartkid holding messy mini fruit tart

It’s amazing how fast kids learn. So I came up with a couple of rules we go over before we start cooking. I always liked to have control in the kitchen but when you are cooking with children you need to go with the flow. Relax when something doesn’t go your way and just have fun. Trust me, it’s a lot less stressful this way.


  • Always wash your hands before and after
  • Put your hair up
  • Pay attention
  • Have fun
  • Remember to help clean up


  • Stay calm
  • Have fun
  • Mess is ok
  • Take time to explain
  • Think positively
  • Go with the flow