Toddlers helping in the kitchen! Living Arrows

Toddlers helping in the kitchen!  Living Arrows

I used this title in the loosest sense of the word, as helping was probably the last thing that happened. I had this lovely idea that we would make play dough together. That my son would stand patiently watching me and follow my instructions, stirring at the right moment and adding the ingredients to the pan at my nod. Notice I said the word patiently there.

Seriously, after nearly 16 years of being a mum and working with children what was I thinking? I should have remembered that patience doesn’t kick in until you can bribe them to hold off in the hope of bigger better things (or threats in the worst case scenario!)

I should have remembered that nothing could possibly be better than diving into a gloopy, messy mixture (damn those messy play sessions) with both hands then rubbing it on the worktop.

I should have known that the minute I reached for a tea towel to mop up the mess, that the minute my back was turned he’d start eating it.

I should have been prepared for the fact that we’d spend more time making THE most stressful batch of play dough in the history of this glorious pokey mush than actually playing with it.

And I should have preempted that most of it would be thrown at the dog who sat poised in his usual waiting spot under the highchair.

Next week’s activity; stickers.

when a simple cooking session with my toddler wasn't so simple. I should've been prepared , its not like its the first time I've been cooking with my toddler



  1. Rachelswirl
    17th April 2016 / 9:19 am

    But you tried !!!! You actually gave it a go and that’s great 🙂

    Loving that apron !!!!

  2. 17th April 2016 / 11:51 am

    Yes, but I bet he loved it! And loved that you did it with him!

  3. 17th April 2016 / 2:42 pm

    It’s looks like this was fun! 🙂 xx

  4. 17th April 2016 / 11:58 pm

    I totally know this – I used to think when my eldest was younger “why is this not enjoyable” – it’s only now that he is a young boy rather than a toddler that baking or doing anything in the kitchen is fun

    Laura x

  5. Iris Tilley
    6th June 2016 / 8:20 am

    Haha loving this post and forgetfulness sounds fun I personally can’t wait for it to start…. That apron is too cute

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