Hi there! My name is Kristen Hale, and I am a new contributor here at 5 Minutes for Mom. I’m excited to share with you today about a playful twist on cooking in the kitchen with your little one. The Cook By Colours cookbook is a revolutionary way to engage with your child in the kitchen, even allowing them to take the lead when it comes to preparing their favorite foods. This post is sponsored, so extra thanks for reading.
As a mom of two hungry little boys, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. My 3-year old is always curious about how I make his favorite meals – the utensils and ingredients spark a lot of conversation (and I’ll be honest – a lot of play!) He likes to pretend the spatula is a sword and the measuring cups are drumsticks. I’m sure most moms can relate – mealtime can often be overwhelming when kids are underfoot.
As he’s gotten a little older, my little Everett loves climbing up on his step stool and watching me cook and bake at the counter, especially when it comes to baked goods (man after my own heart!) He hands me the measuring cups, stirs the mix with a spoon, helps dole out the dough onto the baking sheet and watches with wide-eyes when I finally lift the hot cookies from the oven. Mission accomplished.
His interest in what we eat and how it’s prepared makes my time in the kitchen so rewarding. Which is why I knew that he was at the perfect age for Cook By Colours, a guide for cooking with even the youngest of chefs. Focused on ages 2-8, this cookbook promotes family collaboration in the kitchen, guiding both parents and children with color-led recipes.
Instead of measuring out quantities with metrics and numbers, the recipes are illustrated with color-coded utensils and ingredients. Instead of instructing to add “½ cup of flour” and “¼ cup of sugar, it’s “one orange cup” and “one yellow cup”. That is something that he can understand!