Today was Veronika’s first time at the stove! She’s not quite yet 2, so needless to say I supervised this activity very closely. But dripping pancake better is an excellent first stove-top activity, and will make toddlers feel like big helpers in the kitchen.
First up was whipping up a super simple pancake recipe, by whisking the following together in a big bowl:
1 and 1/2 cups almond milk
2 Ener-G eggs
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 and 1/2 cups flour
Toddlers can help with this part, too!
I poured the batter into a liquid measuring cup and helped Veronika climb on a stool by the stove. Together, we held a big ladle and dripped the batter into a heated pan coated with cooking spray.
When it’s your toddler’s turn, chances are the “design” of the pancakes will be completely random. But Veronika loved that she made “baby pancakes”, and we thought one looked like a caterpillar.
Some of the small ones looked like little clouds in the sky.
While she enjoyed sampling the first batch, I prepared a slightly more deliberate design: a pancake gingerbread man! Chocolate chips made eyes, a nose, and buttons.
Veronika absolutely loved this activity, both the cooking and the eating of it.