Making Painted Toast With Your Preschooler

When my son was 4-years-old, he became enamored with watching Food Network and dreamed of having his own cooking show. I wanted to encourage his aspirations so we started spending lots of time together in the kitchen. I quickly discovered there aren't a lot of recipes suitable for small children. Most are too complicated – too many ingredients, too many steps, too many dangers (sharp knives, hot ovens, fast-moving mixers). That's when I began looking for kid-friendly recipes, especially those for youngsters 7 and younger. Painted Toast quickly became a family favorite. It's so easy to make and takes only 4 ingredients: bread, milk, food coloring, and butter.

1. Gather the ingredients: milk, food coloring, bread, butter or margarine.

2. Pour a little milk into 4 cups.

3. Add a drop or two of food coloring into each cup and stir.

4. Using small brushes, paint a simple picture on the bread:
a rainbow, a heart, a smiley face or simply paint the whole thing!

5. Put in the toaster.

6. Butter lightly.

7. Enjoy with some orange juice, milk, or hot chocolate. 

Oh, the memories! I owned this book when I was a kid and was so happy to see it again. I had to buy it for my son. It definitely stands the test of time with classic recipes such as Pigs in a Blanket, Sloppy Joes, and Ice Cream Cone Cakes.

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