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step 6: balance fruit Do this outdoors when possible as it tends to get very messy. • Mixing ingredients with a large wooden spoon (always make sure these are at room temperature). Encourage them to hold the bowl with one hand. • Mashing potatoes with a fork or a potato masher (always make sure the potatoes are at room temperature). • Playing with raw cookie batter, pizza dough or bliss ball mix and trying to make balls or other shapes. • Placing all the ingredients in measuring cups (assisted) into a big bowl. • Cracking eggs on the side of a bowl with your help (always wash their hands afterwards). MY TOP RECIPES FOR UNDER THREES: • Choc Chia Pops – without the chocolate topping (see page 89) • Tropical Turmeric Smoothie (see page 225) • Scroll Dough (see page 251) • Healthy Gingerbread Biscuits (see page 92) • Banana Pikelets (see page 227) Cooking with over threes As your child gets older, let him take on more responsibilities. All children develop at a different pace, but by the age of three or four, he’ll probably have the ability to use basic numeracy (1, 2, 3 teaspoons) and follow instructions. He’ll also be able to perform a wider range of tasks like weighing ingredients or using measuring spoons and cups. Also try: • Washing fruit and veggies with a scrubbing brush over the kitchen sink. This should be a less messy exercise now. • Cutting and chopping with a kid-friendly knife. Choose soft food such as bananas, dates, cheese or strawberries. • Mixing ingredients with a spoon or his hands. • Kneading dough. Let him start the process and take over to ensure the desired outcome. • Rolling and cutting cookie dough – choose plastic cutters and a small rolling pin. • Tearing herbs and lettuce or squashing fruit. • Sieving. This can become messy so it’s best to teach your child to balance the sieve over a bowl and tap it rather than shake it around. • Crumbing. When making fish fingers or chicken nuggets, set up three stations with flour, beaten egg and breadcrumb/almond meal mixture. • Using a pestle and mortar to crush spices. A light wooden one is a better choice than a heavy stone or marble one. • Child-friendly scissors. Always consider the ability of your children before handing them sharp tools. If you do think they can manage then still always keep an eye on them as it’s very easy to slip, even for adults. MY TOP RECIPES FOR OVER THREES: • Chocolate Spelt Biscuits (see page 95) • Homemade Sweet Potato Pizza (see page 131) • Fish Fingers (see page 57) • Smoothies (see page 225) Cooking with over fives By age five, your child should be becoming adept at more fine motor skills. Always exercise caution while giving him tasks that involve sharp utensils. • Measuring. This is a great opportunity for them to use their developing reading and math skills, and to portion out the ingredients. • Cutting. Snipping herbs is a great place to start and children’s scissors work just as well as larger kitchen scissors. • Chopping. Using a small knife, teach your child to form his other hand into a claw to keep fingertips out of danger. Stay close. • Grating. Buy a standing grater with a handle and keep watch to ensure your child doesn’t get too close to the end of whatever he’s grating. Fingers can easily be cut this way. • Folding. Show children how to fold an egg white into a cake mixture. • Greasing a cake tin or tray with butter or lining with wax paper. • Peeling. Children can peel hard-boiled eggs with their fingers – just run them under the cold tap first. They should be more deft with vegetable peelers too, but stay close when they’re using these. • Setting the dinner table. Make family meals a cherished time by handing over this responsibility to your children. MY TOP RECIPES FOR OVER FIVES: • Salmon & Millet Rissoles (see page 167) • Rich Chocolate Black Bean Brownies (see page 119) • Lamb Koftas (see page 155) • Cheese Scrolls (see page 251) • Veggie Pasta Sauce (see page 121) 213 you know? Did Studies have found that eating whole fruits – especially blueberries, grapes, and apples – is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.