10 Things to Cook With Toddlers

10 things to cook with toddlers recipes

As cooking engages all of the senses – seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and (most fabulously) tasting – cooking with toddlers provides them with fabulous sensory input that is really important for brain development. As a teacher and a mum I have cooked with toddlers many, many times and I find that cooking with toddlers can be lots of fun and relatively stress free with a little preparation. Here are my tips…

  • Choose a time when your toddler is not overly tired – first thing in the morning or after naptime work well.
  • To keep the cooking experience short to suit a short toddler attention span, pre-measure the ingredients before you begin and have them individually separated ready for your toddler to add to the mixing bowl or pot.
  • Toddlers love to mix and stir so be sure to include mixing and stirring in the cooking experience!
  • There will invariably be mess but that is part of the process too. Fortunately toddlers also love helping to clean up!

10 Fun Recipes to Cook with Toddlers

I asked some of my favourite Australian play bloggers to share their go-to cooking with toddler recipes. Click on the name of each recipe to be taken to the instructions.

10 things to cook with toddlers recipes

1. Cheese Puffs
Super simple to make, these Cheese Puffs are super yummy too!

2. Ham, Cheese & Spinach Muffins
Debs of Learn with Play at Home says, “This savoury muffin recipe has been simplified with basic measurements and only a couple of easy steps to make it a great one for toddlers to make and eat.”

3. Snail Scrolls
Penny of Mother Natured, “We love this snail scroll recipe. Just lay out the puff pastry and let your toddlers sprinkle the ingredients all over it. My little ones love them!”

4. Making Pizza
Amber of Happy Crafty Family shares, “This pizza how-to is a great way to engage children in their first cooking experience. Super interactive too.”

10 things to cook with toddlers recipes

5. Chocolate Cake
Sara of Happiness is Here shares, “My kids love this recipe because my 5 year old is able to read the directions while my 3 year old can follow along with the pictures.”

6. Two Ingredient Scones
“With only 2 ingredients, these scones are a simple recipe to whip up with little ones.” Yum! Thanks, Kelly of Be a Fun Mum

7. Anzac Biscuits
Jackie of My Little Bookcase shares, “Kids need a little help from parents for this recipe, but it’s a lovely way to understand that recipes have a history.”

8. Two Ingredient Bread Dough
“Here’s a sensory experience that doubles as afternoon tea!” Thanks for sharing, Danya Banya.

9. Weet-Bix Slice
Kate of Laughing Kids Learn says, “Using simple ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard, these Weet-Bix slices are delicious and high in fibre.”

10. Chocolate Truffles
For kids who don’t mind getting their hands messy, this recipe for Chocolate Truffles is a winner. Via Picklebums for Childhood 101.

Cooking with kids recipe ideas

For more fun ideas for cooking with toddlers and bigger kids, check out our other recipe collections – Simple Cooking For Kids (12 Easy Recipes) and Eating the Alphabet: Cooking With Kids From A to Z.


  1. Such a great list Christie. I’ll pin this now.

  2. Oh my, my mouth is watering while looking at all these recipes. These are for toddlers and their Mums! 🙂

  3. Aaaaw, the snails! My son (3) loves snails, so this will be a perfect first recipe to try with him. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Awesome!!! Love these lists. I’ll try one the recipes listed, I got a hard to cook for my daughter because she’s a picky eater.

  5. Christie i love how simple and easy to follow the chocolate cake recipe is, was wondering about any baking powder used, just normal flour not self raising?

  6. Thanks for the list! My son has been a big fan of making tortillas since he turned 2. Super easy to make and he loves to eat them. My little brother was always a big fan of yogurt cake- it’s a pretty standard french recipe and it’s listed in Bringing up Bebe (we also grew up in France).

  7. I feel that cooking with kids is so important for many reasons. It is quality time that will teach them life lessons that they will use for the rest of their life.

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  10. These are great. Thanks for an awesome list

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