Joshua is a big boy now. He always wants to be the one to do things. You will hear him say, “Joshua will do it” or “I want to do it”. He even cried several occasions when I did not listen to him and did the chore myself.
It’s a good age. He wants to wash his own hands, he chooses what he wants to wear, he does chores like clean the floor with a broom. All I have to do is ask if he is open to doing it… And most of the time I get a “yes”.
One afternoon, I had to think of a good snack for Josh. Making a home made pizza is one fun activity. Of course it would be under mom and dad’s supervision.
- Pizza dough
- Tomato sauce (you can make your own using whole peeled tomatoes, pepper, white onions, oregano, basil leaves, and a little sugar boiled in a pan until it becomes thick).
- Cheese – mozzarella if you can find mixed with some cheddar
- Ham/ mushrooms/ onions/
The dough we got were the small ones so it would be easy for my toddler to assemble a pizza. He placed the sauce, then the toppings, and then the cheese.
A toaster oven can fit this pizza. After 12-15 minutes we have a a great afternoon snack all made by little chef, Joshua. He made 3 pizzas! One for dad, one for mommy, and one for himself. Kids this age would love hands on stuff because they know they are more capable and willing to try.
An egg slicer can be quite amusing for little kids. Egg projects are not only fun… they can be a practical method of teaching kids to prepare their breakfast. So here are some suggestions on what to do.
Hard Boiled Egg with a twist
Boil your egg atleast 10-12 minutes so you can get the center firm. After boiling set it aside. Meanwhile get a plastic bag (I used those cellophane bags for making ice) and put some food coloring and water. I got an idea from YouTube to try to crack the egg from side to side and make the colored water sip thru the cracks. When done right you would get some kind of electrifying design.
After making it sit on food coloring for about 10-15 minutes, the egg will be ready to be peeled. Once peeled you will find a nice design on the egg making this quite exciting for kids. Here is our design on yellow food coloring.. It looks like a little sun on the egg!
Once the egg is done, we can start teaching our toddler about slicing the egg. This is good motor skill exercise and also teaching independence as they prepare the sliced egg for eating.
Don’t throw the egg shells just yet!! Set them aside or store them for future art projects. We will show you samples on what to do with them in my next blog.
Meanwhile, see how Joshua does the egg slicing activity in this Video: