10 tips for teaching your child to cook

If you’ve found your way here, you probably don’t need convincing that it could be a good idea to teach your child to cook! If you do need some persuading, there are a myriad of reasons why it is beneficial for your child. It can introduce them to new foods and flavours, encouraging healthy eating. It helps to teach maths, literacy and science skills and is a great creative outlet too! Of course, it is also a life skill. With a bit of luck, they’ll become inspired adults, capable of feeding themselves well rather than solely relying on sandwiches and ‘student foods’ like instant noodles!

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Review: Xavier and His Magical Blueberry Muffins

Sponsored Post¦ If you’ve heard of Anges de Sucre, you’ll know that this London cake shop are synonymous for their intricate designs and selling “the best cakes in London”. In an exciting new venture, they have just brought out their first StoryBake cook book! Aimed at 2-6 year old children, this book tells the story of a young boy called Xavier. He loves to bake, dream and dream about baking. Children will be so excited to watch Xavier bake, then follow the recipe to make the exact same muffins as he does!

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Review: Chill Factor Slushy Maker

Gifted¦ I still remember the childhood excitement of being allowed a slushy at soft play or the sweet shop. Would I go for red, blue, or BOTH? (All the cool kids went for both, obviously). Now the fun of slushies can happen at home, whenever you want and in whatever flavour you want! Keep it basic or concoct a slushy cocktail or dessert. The power is in your hands with the Chill Factor Slushy Maker!

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Swizzels sweets: The taste of childhood

Sponsored Post¦ What’s the first sweet you think of when you hear “Swizzels”? For me it’s Drumsticks, but I love all their other sweets too. It evokes childhood memories whenever I spot them in the shop. I used to feel like I’d won the lottery when I left with a Double Dip – the pack of strawberry and orange sherberts with the iconic Swizzelstick for dipping. In the 90s, it wasn’t a kid’s birthday at school if you didn’t come home with a pack of fizzers or a fruit pop lolly. I might have just turned 30, but I felt like a big kid when it came to trying Swizzels sweets again! Yet, there were a couple of things I was worried about…

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Review: Oliver’s Cupboard Organic Baby Food

Review – Gifted¦ Bored of bland baby food? Read on! Things get messy and fun when you’re starting to wean your baby. Reuben, who has just turned 1, was a bit later to the game than his sister. I’m not sure whether it’s because he is breastfed or if it’s just a coincidence, but he just wasn’t as interested in food as Autumn. He only really started eating things properly when he was about 10 and a half months old. Even now, he’s quite fussy and if he’s too tired or teething he won’t really eat anything that’s not smooth. That said, I’m keen to give him as much of a variety of flavours as I can. Autumn is very hesitant about any sort of spice. I wonder if it’s because I kept what she ate quite bland and not especially diverse for the first 3 or so years of her life. That’s why I was delighted to find Oliver’s Cupboard organic baby weaning food. Nutritiously balanced, these pouches contain flavourful meals which take inspiration from all over the world!

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