How to get a Toddler to eat – the messy way

We’ve all heard that getting kids involved with the cooking will help with the eating. I also thought it might help with whinging and very short attention span that was today…

Lexi loves making bread, and I was uninspired at the butcher so I decided to make pizzas, from scratch, with a toddler…

Tip: Don’t tell the toddler what you’re doing until you are all set up… That is, google/Pinterest your recipe, get out all you ingredients and tools, change out of your work clothes!

Our recipe

We used an amalgamation of a couple of recipes, as is my (our?) way

3 cups of flours (mostly wholemeal)

7g sachet of yeast

320mls warm water

1 big spoon honey

1 tbl oil

Mix the water, yeast and honey together, let sit for a couple of minutes, it will go frothy – this can be seen best in a glass jug. Add oil. Answer non-stop string of questions.

Mix the flour and salt, make a hole in the centre and tip the liquid in. mix with a spatula. eventually it will be quite hard to mix and the toddler will need to use their hands. mix until toddlers attention span runs out. The adult might then want to mix a bit more, it should be sticky, not like bread dough.

Make a ball out of the dough and put a bit of oil on the outside. sit in a bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let rest until it has doubled in size – took ours about 30 mins.

rising dough

rising dough

Take a small amount off the main ball and let the toddler roll it out on some flour. Give toddler cookie cutters. Place results on pizza tray and “paint” with tomato base, “decorate” with toppings.

They're Butterflies

They’re Butterflies

006 008Adult to place in oven, 200C, and monitor. Answer some more questions. Take out once cooked through, cool and…


Meanwhile, once the adults are ready to eat – we just cannot eat at 6pm… – push out remainder of dough onto pizza tray, top and cook. I’m sure you can figure this out. Ours had stuff we found in the fridge on it.

Stuff on Pizza

Stuff on Pizza

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4 thoughts on “How to get a Toddler to eat – the messy way

  1. The Speed Bump says:

    That’s a great idea! I want to get my toddler daughter involved more in making food – this seems like a great way to start! Great post 🙂


  2. Mama says:

    Brave. I’m not convinced I’d be brave (mad) enough to get my lad involved in making dinner. I’m impressed. The pizza butterflies with an added garnish of dust bunnies looked great. Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

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