This week I was lucky enough to have this beautiful, three year old chef in the kitchen!

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Madelynn stayed with me a few hours one day and we were busy with a variety of activities.   We played with some toys, played in a little pool, and had a Kids Cooking Class.  When you have a three year old chef you may lose their interest fast, so you have to keep things moving quickly and do not let it get boring!

I told her about always washing her hands first, but she said that she already knew this.  I decided our lesson today would need to be full of action skills such as using a small rolling pin, cutting things out with cookie cutters, using a small plastic knife to cut,  and letting her express creativity by adding foods to mini skewers.  She also did a little decorating on cupcakes.

Grandpa Bob asked her if she would make him a pizza for lunch.  I am  just going to show the pizza making lesson in this post.

This is a fun activity that even a young child can do with assistance.  For the crust, you can use English muffins, a refrigerated pizza crust, or a pre-made one. 

I decided to do a simple one from a package so that she could have the experience of adding water, stirring, and rolling it out.  She had a lot of fun with this and I explained what we were doing in each step.  

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 Martha White pizza crust package emptied into bowl.  The water was measured and temperature being checked.

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Stirring can be a hard job.

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kids cooking, pizzaShe was loving playing in the flour and got the giggles.  She kept clapping her hands and needles to say the floor was covered with flour!

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 kids cookingpizza, kids cookingkids cooking, pizzaKneading the dough and rolling it out. 



kids cookingNext comes brushing on olive oil. Then add toppings.

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pizza-kids cookingReady to Bake.

kids cooking, pizzaWhat a beautiful pizza!  She was so proud that she would not even eat it.

This little three year old chef mastered a lot of kitchen skills today and we had so much fun. 

When we were finished she said to me “look at this kitchen, it’s a mess”.  I had to agree.

I love being in the kitchen with my grandchildren, teaching them skills and watching them be so creative.   Come back next week for another post on our Kids Cooking Classes.


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  1. “Getting the giggles”…..:) well, me too! Just watching that little doll-baby go to town on that dough!
    And, “Look at this…mess!” OMG How can you stand how adorable she is?
    But after all that – a very respectable lunch awaits everybody!
    I’m adding this idea to my list of things I’ll be doing once each week for 2 hours with my cute, blonde three year old! I had planned crafts and cookies, but something not sweet makes better sense!

  2. Oh what fun! And her pizza looks delicious! I bet you just had the best afternoon and didn’t even mind cleaning up that kitchen and all that flour. Made you just relive it over again. Kids are the best — especially in the kitchen!

  3. Awh..she’s such a cutie and looks like she has all the makings of a very good cook. Have a wonderful week!

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