Food preparation with young kids is a priceless learning experience that is just as valuable for little ones as it is for parents or teachers. In a Cycle one ( 3- 5-year-old) Montessori classroom you will find that Practical life activities, including food preparation, are one of the central aspects of children’s environment. It is also true for homeschooling families. Kids learn from a very young age to cut, scoop, pour, mash, operate knives, and other kitchen utensils.
- make mistakes
- fix their mistakes
- make healthy food choices
- be patient
- think logically
- make choices
- and this list goes on and on.
It is always great to be able to set aside a day for cooking at home with my preschool-age child. A day when there will be no rush, when there is nothing else planned and when we can thoroughly enjoy a couple of uninterrupted hours in the kitchen.
Kids just love pizza. I was crazily excited to try this amazingly simple, yet absolutely delicious pizza dough recipe with only TWO!!! ingredients. Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple.
Here is how you can make two-ingredient pizza dough:
- 1 cup Greek or natural yogurt
- 2 cups self-rising flour
I suggest having all the tools ready for the kid to make a dough and prepare pizza toppings.
Invite the child to:
Combine the yogurt and 1 cup of flour in a bowl.
Mix until combined.
Add enough flour so your dough is tacky but doesn’t stick to your hands.
Add more flour if needed
Knead for about 10 minutes.
Sprinkle flour on a table and roll out the dough.
We used cookie cutters to add more fun. It worked out perfectly as a party treat. Let your child decide what pizza toppings he or she would like to have. Allow them to cut and grade ingredients. Bake in a preheated 450-degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
Children take so much pride in their abilities to make their own food. It takes lots of patience to cook with a young child, but the outcome is truly worth it.
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