We're now in week 3 of quarantine and we have been slowly running out of things to do with our toddler. I try to follow some sort of routine every day, moving him from room to room and having different activities in each. Kick the ball in the living room, do some painting in the bedroom (extreme times call for extreme measures), and obviously cook in the kitchen.
As boring as it can be to be stuck at home all the time, it has provided us with the ability to take our time and let him learn new skills, like cutting fruit – especially strawberries (using this age-appropriate knife).
I have also noticed that he is really into the transporting schema, so doing stuff like transferring oats from one container to the other is a lot of fun and also helps him work on his fine motor skills. With that in mind, we've made a few recipes this week that help him transport ingredients and make food for us. I have compiled a list of 7 recipes where you only need a food processor or blender and that you can make with your toddler.
A learning tower will certainly come in handy as well!
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1. Spinach Pancakes
One of the simplest pancake recipes ever. I love it because the pancakes are delicious and you have managed to add nutritious spinach to them without impacting the taste!
And you can add our delicious hazelnut butter as a perfect topping.
2. The Easiest Rye Bread Ever
Rye bread is one of the healthiest options for bread that you can have because of the higher protein content of rye flour, more vitamins and minerals than other flours and of course a ton of fiber. I also love this recipe because these quarantine days call for a lot of fresh bread made at home, so this is a perfect recipe you can make with your toddler but that can be enjoyed by the whole family (and you can top it off with our Healthy Nutella).
3. Banana Bread
Another bread recipe, but this one is sweeter and may be even more fun because your toddler can mash some bananas and crack some eggs. It is another super easy recipe that just calls for all the ingredients to be mixed in a bowl (or even better, in a food processor which is loads of fun for a toddler to press the buttons and watch it mix).
4. Blueberry Oat Cakes
Ok, yes... we have a lot of recipes that use bananas and oats. But how can we not when they are such combination in terms of taste and nutrients! This is another recipe where your toddler can mash the banana, transfer some oats from one container to the other for ultimate fun. Yep, ultimate fun (we are in quarantine after all).
5. Healthy Gingerbread Cookies
With this recipe you can teach your toddler the difference between dry and wet ingredients. I think the best is if you take two bowls and let your child prepare the dry ingredients and you can do the wet ones and you talk through the process together.
6. Banana Chia Pancakes
This is a super easy pancake recipe that you just pop into the blender. Let the toddler add all the ingredients to the blender and work those fine motor skills – such as peeling the banana and transferring the oats and chia seeds from the container to the blender. So much fun for them an a nutritious breakfast or snack recipe for the whole family. Plus, cleaning fallen oats off the floor is another great way to kill time in quarantine – you're welcome!
7. Healthy Chocolate Yoghurt Snack
A no-cook, no-bake kind of recipe, this Chocolate Yoghurt Snack is perfect for breakfast or well, any snack. You'll probably want to make extra for yourself as well. You can also make it vegan by using plant-based yoghurt and milk and replacing honey with agave or maple syrup.
A great recipe where your toddler can mix all the ingredients with a spoon or chuck them in a blender and watch it blend.