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5 Books to Read and Cook with Children

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Book Review, Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | Comments Off on 5 Books to Read and Cook with Children


My friend Danielle inspired me with her cooking adventures with her daughter. In one of her blog posts, she shared about the story Madeline she read with her daughter, then they made a cake together inspired by the book. It sent me on a search for books I could read to my son and then “play” in the kitchen. :)

Since my little guy is two, he is at the age that he loves to help. It doesn’t matter if it’s making a mess or not he loves to help with anything.  I really love this character quality that he possesses at this young age!

In our trips to the library,  I have been looking for books that have to do with cooking or baking. That way after we’ve read a book, we can have fun mommy son time in the kitchen.

Today, I just wanted to share some of the favorite books we’ve read over the past few weeks. Some of these books have recipes in them or you can get creative in your kitchen by the inspiration of the book.

Here is our favorites: enjoy!

Curious George and the Pizza Party

Curious GeorgeThis book is a fun read. George gets invited to a pizza party and he gets a little curious, but in the end he has a great time at the party. The back of the book has a recipe for making pizza with kids and hosting your own pizza party.

The Doorbell Rang

the doorbell rang

If you love cookies, then you will love this book! If you are working on math skills with your little one, such as counting or subtraction this book is great for teaching those concepts in a fun way. Once you finish the book, head to the kitchen and make up your grandma’s favorite cookies because grandma’s cookies are always the best!

Bunny Cakes

Bunny Cakes


This sweet story about a two little bunnies making a cake for their grandmother, is an adorable book to read to toddler and preschoolers. After reading this story, create your own cake and take to a family member or friend for their birthday or just because. What a great way to get kids involved in cake making. I adore this book!

Strega Nona

strega nona


This classic book by Tomie de Paola is a great read for preschool and above. Although, it was very fun to read with my little toddler the significant meaning behind the story will have to wait until he’s just a tad older. I appreciate well written books like this one that have a deep level of learning involved in them. The fun thing to make in this book is pasta. Which, for a toddler is a lot fun to eat and play with.

What Should I Make?

What should I make

I really enjoy making any kind of dough: bread dough, pizza dough and cookie dough! When I’m in the kitchen cooking, Little Buddy loves to get up on the stool and take a piece of the dough and play with it. That is what I love about this story. The little boy in this story is given a piece of dough and he can make anything he wants out of it. At the end of this book is a recipe for making chapatis. A great read for all ages (even mama’s!) :)

Well this is my top five books to read and play in the kitchen with a toddler. What are some of your favorite books that involve cooking or being in the kitchen? I’d love to have more to add to our collection! Share in the comments. 

Sharing today at: Share and Show Saturday 

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The Letter B – Toddler in the Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Toddler in the Kitchen | Comments Off on The Letter B – Toddler in the Kitchen

For me, as a RN turned SAHM of a 2 year old, I enjoy coming up with activities that incorporate learning into each day. This week, I’ve been teaching Little Buddy the letter B.  We’ve been reading books, we had a scavenger hunt around the house for things that start with the letter B, sang songs, played baseball and baked together.

I found a fun lesson plan from this website and it has been a perfect way to keep an active toddler entertained :)

On Wednesday, I decided some baking was in order. And to incorporate service into our weekly theme, we made banana muffins for our neighbor Betty. She has been an amazing friend and neighbor and we wanted to thank her for her friendship by making her a basket of treats and a book to curl up on the couch to read.


For our little lesson I measured the ingredients and Little Buddy poured them into the bowl.  We also counted each time something was added to the bowl. I guess Little Buddy wanted a little sensory activity as well, since playing in the flour was entertaining.

IMG_7946He was very proud about the muffins he made! Here is the basket of banana muffins ready to go to Mrs. Betty.


Little Buddy excited to give Mrs. Betty a new book!  (Redeeming Love
by Francine Rivers).

This week was a great week with my little guy! I can’t wait for next week: the letter C! :)

Share in the comments. What you do with toddlers at home? I’d love some more ideas!

Sharing today at Show and Share Saturday.

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Fall Busy Bag for Toddlers

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | 1 comment

A couple weeks ago I hosted a busy bag swap. We all made one activity, placed it in a sandwich bag and brought enough to swap with all the kids. I wanted to do something educational but also something simple and cost effective.

I decided on a fine motor activity that would help little hands develop hand-eye-coordination and work on skills that would later be useful for penmanship. All the while, keep them busy while out and about or while mama needs to get something done in the kitchen.

This activity can be used for kids ages 2 to 4. My little guy is 22 months and he’s not quite ready for it yet.  He wants to eat the apple instead of playing with the apple. HA! But soon enough he will love it.


  • Foam shape (I used foam apples I purchased from Target’s dollar bins)
  • Yarn or twine
  • Hole punch
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Sandwich bags

Cost for this project: Less then 2 dollars depending on what you have on hand.  I had to purchase yarn and the foam apples. I found both in the Target dollar bins.

Heres the steps

Using a whole punch, punch around the entire apple. I wrote, “A is for apple” to work on language skills and letter recognition.

I wrote apple and the letter A in upper and lower case with dotted lines so the child could trace the words to learn how to write. When the foam apple is inside the sandwich bag, a marker could be used on the outside of bag and then wiped off to be reused.

Measure out a piece of yarn or twine and add apple and yarn to a sandwich bag.  When a sweet toddlers need an activity to keep them busy they can practice this simple little activity.

Have you done busy bags for your kids before or hosted a busy bag swap? What was your child’s favorite activity? If you have a favorite you’d love to share, please do so in the comments.  I know I’ll be hosting one again soon! 

Sharing today at I Can Teach My Child and Life as Mom. 

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Fall Time Activities

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | Comments Off on Fall Time Activities

I have to admit, having a child is like being a kid all over again. I can’t believe how many fun ideas are out there.  I found writing a list of  things to do was not only helpful this summer but a ton of fun! And since I loved it so much, I thought I’d share with you our fall list of activities to do!  This list should keep us busy for awhile.

Bible Time

Physical Activity

Kitchen Fun
Development and Learning Activities
 Thank you to all of the following blogs and websites for giving me so many activities to do with our son. You are all amazing!!

Alright, I’m a first time mom and I’d love to hear what you like to do at home with your little ones. What home activities do you have planned this fall? And if you have older children, what are some fun activities you plan on doing after school or on the weekends? I can’t wait to hear your ideas! 

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Toddler in the Kitchen – Lemonade Inspired Finger Paint

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | 2 comments

Last week, I was in the kitchen (as usual) getting ready to make finger paint.  And since my little guy is still in that stage of everything-in-the mouth, I choose to make my own finger paint.  I’ve made a recipe from this site and I’ve made my own using yogurt.  But I really wanted to change things up a bit. I wanted it to have some flavor.

Thats when I found my fruit bowl to be my inspiration and used a lemon to make my lemonade finger paint. Here’s how I did it:

First, I gathered some ingredients: juice and zest from 1 lemon, 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/3 cup of all purpose flour. 

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sauce pan. Whisk until smooth and mixture becomes thickened.

Divide mixture between 4 bowls or cups and let cool.

Add desired amount of food coloring to each bowl or cup.

Then get your happy toddler or preschooler and join in the fun and finger paint!

I stored the paint in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

What fun kids projects are you doing this summer? 

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Sweet Spring Moments

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | 2 comments

We are in full swing of packing and getting ready to move, so this week I don’t have a menu planned other then eating everything out of the fridge and freezer!   I had a couple meals we didn’t eat from last weeks menu so we’ll be eatting those along with food from Trader Joe’s. We will only have 2 days this week with a fully functioning kitchen so fast, easy clean up and paper plates are a must!  Yes, I’m actually going to use paper plates and napkins!  And if you know me in real life, its not that common that I break those out! :)  Good old fashioned cloth napkins and glass plates are what we have around here, but not this week: nope, paper plates and paper towels! YAY for paper plates! :)

Well if you haven’t figured out already, the next few weeks will be just a little busy around here. I do plan to keep writing, my hope is to write mainly on Tuesdays and Fridays until we get settled into our new place.

I leave you all today with some fun pictures of our evening on Friday.  We had an amazing Friday evening; the weather was just beautiful.  We enjoyed a warm spring evening outside on the patio, as we ate our Trader Joe’s meatball sub sandwiches and a salad with pear gorgonzola dressing.  What a perfect way to end the day! :)

Sweet moment #1

He was totally laughing and “talking” when I snapped this picture. Priceless!

And after a messy dinner, its time to clean up !

I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Did you have any sweet dinner moments this weekend? I’d love to hear about them! 

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