This is how we started our Rock Garden

2 Toddler Friendly recipes

We love cooking at Play Learn Grow, and our Tamariki enjoy getting involved in the process!  In our Tui room (our 4-year-old room) we even have a specially designed open plan kitchen so our children can watch and participate at mealtime.  Our Kelston Centre has a dedicated transition programme for our 4–5-year-olds so that they can prepare for school in the best possible way.  This does not just mean academic development, but personal and social development too which leads to active engagement in everyday home life.

Luckily you don’t need to be brave for these 2 recipes!  You can make these at home with your toddlers or pre-schoolers no problem.   Both are delicious and the muffins are good to freeze and use for morning or afternoon tea time.

Chocolate Bubble Slice (a kiwi favourite!)

250g vegetable shortening (I use Coconut oil)

1 cup icing sugar

¼ cup cocoa

4 cups of rice bubbles or cornflakes (or 2 cups of each)

1 cup of desiccated coconut

Melt the vegetable shortening in a medium sauce pan

Sift the icing sugar & cocoa and add to the saucepan

Mix well then add the rice bubbles/cornflakes and the coconut

Stir everything together

Line a square /rectangle dish with baking paper then add the mixture, pressing it down firmly.

Let it set in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Slice into pieces and share with the neighbours 😊

Easy Cheesy Muffins

Set oven to 180 degrees Celsius

2 cups of self-raising flour

2 cups tasty cheese

1 ½ cups of milk

Grease a 12 x muffin tray (or 24 mini muffins which I use)

Mix all the ingredients together

Spoon the mixture into muffin cases

Let cook for 10 – 12 minutes (until golden on top)

*You can add anything to these muffins to give them some extra flavour:

chopped ham/bacon/capsicum/ spinach/salt & pepper/paprika

Enjoy 😊