You and your child will pretend to measure ingredients and bake using water and simple kitchen tools.
Before beginning this activity, show your child each kitchen tool, name it, and show him how to use it. For example: “This is a whisk. We use it to stir. Watch me as I stir with my whisk in this bowl.” Then give your child a chance to practice using each of the kitchen tools.
Then explain the activity to your child: “Today we are going to pretend to cook some yummy food! You can cook whatever you want. What do you want to make today?” Give your child a chance to share what he would like to make. Go along with his suggestion.
Encourage your child to explore the kitchen tools and pretend to measure, stir, and bake using the water as the ingredients. He can scoop, stir, and pour the water in and out of bowls and pans. While he is exploring, continue to show him how to use the kitchen tools and pretend with him. You can act out the steps of cooking and describe what you’re doing. For example, you can say, “You said you wanted to make chocolate cupcakes today. First, we need to measure the ingredients with our measuring cups… one cup of milk, one cup of flour, one cup of sugar, and one cup of chocolate! Then, you will stir them up with a spoon in the mixing bowl. Next, let’s carefully pour the batter into the muffin tins. Now, we need to put them in the oven to bake!”
Give your child space and time to be creative and explore. Talk about what you see him doing, and ask him questions as he plays.