Preschool Kitchen: Check Out These Whole Meals Your Preschooler Can Make By Themselves

Cooking with your child can be a fun, easy way to build your connection and to help them develop life long kitchen skills and healthy habits. It’s not always easy though to find jobs little ones can help with when you’re preparing traditional meals. Instead of trying to keep your little ones hands off of raw chicken or prevent them from spilling ingredients across the floor, make an intentional choice to prepare and eat some kid friendly (to make and to eat!) meals. Check out the yummy meals below that your little one can make (almost) all by themselves!

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Mini Cheese and Cracker Sandwiches

While mini cheese and cracker sandwiches might not win any awards for fanciness, they’re simple to construct, yummy to eat, and require just the right amount of work for a preschooler to feel all kinds of pride once they’re ready to serve. Before your little one jumps in, simply slice some cheese and then get out crackers and any meat your tot likes to much on. Make one sandwich as an example and then let your babe get to work!

Bagel Pizzas

If your preschooler likes pizza, they’ll love making their own mini versions. To help your preschooler make their own bagel pizzas, simply slice the bagel for them and then show them how to spoon on sauce, sprinkle cheese, and add any sort of other topping they like. Once your babe builds their pizza, pop in in the toaster oven or microwave and then let then let them enjoy it!

Cheese Quesadillas

Depending on your preschooler's age, they may be ready to grate block cheese into shredded cheese. If so, they’ll love the prep work for this toddler staple. If your babe is younger or you’re not comfortable with them using a cheese grater, simply purchase shredded cheese for them to sprinkle across their tortilla. After heating their quesadilla in the microwave for them, and passing it back to them, you’ll enjoy seeing their cheesy smile.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

If your preschooler is like most, they probably like both peanut butter and bananas. Combine their favorites into this yummy, protein packed meal. Grab some toast, hand your babe a spoon or a butterknife and the peanut butter and, after they spread it across their bread, give them the chance to chop a soft banana with a kid-safe knife. Add the sliced bananas to the bread and let your babe munch away!

Oatmeal with a Yummy Topping

If your child likes to eat breakfast food all throughout the day, consider letting them take a crack at making oatmeal almost by themselves. Help them measure the oatmeal and the milk or water (depending on how they like it) and, after heating it up in the microwave for them, let them add honey, raisins, brown sugar, or any other yummy topping they enjoy.

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Preschool Kitchen: Check Out These Whole Meals Your Preschooler Can Make By Themselves

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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