14 September 2010

Baking with your Preschooler from A-Z

Our Field trip to Terhune Farms in Princeton was awesome today!  We couldn't have had a better sunny, Fall day.  The people at Terhune's Read and Pick program were kind, funny, expressive, lovely, and great story tellers!  Julia and Mark had so much fun listening to two story books about growing flowers.  They had to act out farm animals and act out how to grow flowers.  We had to be the sun, and a cloud for rain, and seeds, it was awesome!  Then Julia was allowed to use toddler scissors and cut her own choice of flowers in the BIG garden they had.  We loved the butterflies and all the beauituful flowers!  We were allowed to pick 10 flowers, it was a great counting experience too!

Today, while vegging out and watching a movie with the kids, I got a great idea to use baking and cooking with the kids for each letter of the Alphabet (We do two letters a week...this week is G, and H)  If you come up with any additional ideas, I'd love for you to post them on my blog, sometimes I have brain freeze!  Here's what I came up with...and I'm looking forward to O...because I love Oatmeal cookies and we just bought a huge box at Costco!

I love the idea of baking and cooking with your kids because kids love to help, they love to get messy, and they love to stand on a stool next to mommy wearing their own apron!  It is a lot of fun and it's fun to practice hygiene skills too!

A-Anything with Apples (apple slices, apple pie, apple bread), Apricot Muffins
B-Banana bread, or banana muffins, blueberry muffins, biscuits, brownies
C-Carrot cake, corn muffins, chocolate chip cookies, celery sticks with cream cheese, cupcakes
D-Dunkin Donuts (take a fun outing and go for a donut with your sweetie)
E-Egg salad, Egg slices
F-French Toast, Fruit Salad
G-Green Eggs and Ham (We read the book this week too!)
H-hot cocoa with marshmallows or whip-cream, Hawaiian Pizza (add pineapple chunks)
I-Ice Cream Sundaes
K-Kid Kabobs (cubes of meat, cheese, and chunks of veggies on wooden tooth picks)
L-Lemonade (kids love to help stir in the sugar and ice)
M-Muffins, Macaroni and Cheese, Meatballs
O-Oatmeal Cookies, Orange slices
P-Peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter cookies, homemade Pizza, Pizza bagels, Pancakes
R-Raspberry muffins, Rice Krispy Treats
S-soup or stew (have them help you add the ingredients in bowl or pan), S'mores (graham crackers, chocolate, and melted marshmallows)
T-Tacos, Trail Mix
W-Watermelon slices

Come on you creative moms and friends, if you see a missing letter, help me fill it with your great idea!


  1. J- Jello jiggles or shapes (after the jello has cooled)

  2. There's a grain called Quinoa. It's really good for yo (lots of protein, etc) and it's one of the only foods I can think of that starts with "Q"


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