The Seasoned Kids
Lesson 4: Spreading
Making a PB&J is one of the first things that most kids know how to make on their own. It’s a great way to build confidence in their learning ability in the kitchen with something that a majority of kids love to eat. There’s no hot ingredients, you don’t have to use any sharp utensils, and it’s a fairly easy task, even for a kid as young as 2 or 3 years old.
How to Start
The main task here is spreading. It’s a critical skill to not only learn in the kitchen, but also for their physical development. It teaches hand-eye coordination and helps with muscle movement as well. It’s funny how tasks like these as adults seem like no big deal, but for a small child, it’s critically important and a huge learning activity.
We prefer to pour out the ingredients ahead of time so that our little one doesn’t get carried away. If she has an entire jar of jelly in front of her, she will keep wanting to get more out. In the beginning, this does create more dishes; however, it causes less meltdowns (and we all want less meltdowns).
Tips for teaching your kids to spread
- Use a learning tower to get them stable at the counter
- Standing on a stool or sitting on the counter, doesn’t stabilize kids as much as a tower will
- Use a spoon in the beginning
- Instead of giving them a butter knife, use the back of a spoon. It will not only help them grab the jelly easier, but it will also spread easier
- As they get older move onto an appetizer spreader, then a plastic knife, then a butter knife.
- We recommend a butter knife last because of it’s weight and length, it can be a bit awkward for most children.
- After mastering a PB&J, you can move on to teaching bigger things like how to spread pizza sauce on pizza dough or spread frosting on cakes
You can also check out this awesome Peanut Butter and Jelly spreader we found on Amazon
(We haven’t tested this one out yet!)
We’re so excited to share this adorable Halloween inspired Peanut Butter and Jelly spider sandwiches. Watch her make it then grab the recipe below!
Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread.
Spread jelly on other piece of bread.
Put two pieces of bread together.
Use a circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut out of the sandwich.
Place 4 pretzel sticks on each side of sandwich.
Place chocolate chips as eyes
This post is a part of our “The Seasoned Kids”, kid’s cooking series. Learn more about The Seasoned Kids here.
Week 1: Teaching Importance of Washing Fruits and Vegetables + Berry Parfait Recipe
Week 2: Learning to Stir + Cranberry Coconut Energy Bites
Week 3: 3 Ways to Mash + Overnight Oats Recipe 3 Ways
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