Miss M loves to help out with cooking and baking whenever she can, so when I mentioned that I was making a homemade roasted vegetable pizza for dinner the other night, she jumped at the chance to assist mummy in whatever way she could.
She started off by kneading the dough for the pizza base and rolling it out, then was keen to put the toppings on herself. So in the end I let Miss M take control while I took a little video of her preparing the pizza to go in the oven. I just love the constant smile on her face as she tackles each stage of the preparation, carefully placing the roasted vegetables in neat little rows one by one, showing her enthusiasm and just how much she is thoroughly enjoying her little pizza making project.
I think it is important to encourage and engage children in the preparation of food as they not only learn about the ingredients that are used and how they are put together but it gives them more of an incentive to eat their dinner and try new foods that they may have been apprehensive about. And most importantly they gain many valuable new skills that will be used not only in their childhood but throughout the rest of their life.
Here is Miss M in action: