E. is quite excited every time she can spend some time in the kitchen with me. For me it's rather a challenge and I need to be extra relaxed, plus in a good mood to shoulder all the mess and fuss around it.
Whenever I pull myself together and dare to enter the kitchen with a 2,5 year old hurricane to do some cooking or baking projects, it's always fun and the result is fantastic, though.
Cooking and baking together together with your child/children always gives you a great chance to learn and practice new things. Not only kitchen activities like whisking, stiring and pouring but also your second language.
This is what we did a few months ago when E. made her first pizza.
Today I wasn't prepared for the kitchen mess so I only entered into the spirit of painting.
While doing it we practiced a lot of food names:
As well as colours and how to get certain colours by mixing two:
red + blue = purple
yellow + red = orange
red + green = brown
The kitchen stayed clutter- and mess-free and we were all happy.