Valentine's Day Desserts You Can Make With Your Preschooler

Spend quality time together on February 14!

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Spend some quality time in the kitchen with your little one whipping up some fun Valetine's Day desserts!. Rice Krispies® Valentine's Day Greeting Courtesy of

 Is there a sweeter day than February 14? Probably not! Celebrate Valentine's Day with your little sweetheart in the kitchen! To make the day even more sweet, whip up some of these kid-friendly Valentine's Day desserts. (Looking for food to eat before you get to the dessert? Try "15 Valentine's Day Recipes for Kids.")

Cooking with your child is a great way to spend quality time together, all while teaching him or her important life skills, as well as more academic concepts such as math and vocabulary.

While you are working, try to reinforce these lessons -- talk about how important it is to follow the order of the recipe, count the number of ingredients your put into the bowl, explain new words and point out the difference in what you started out with as to what you ended up with. Even a mistake can be a learning experience as you can problem solve together.

Never cooked with your preschooler before? There are plenty of things she or he can help you do. Good options include:

  • Mixing a batter
  • Pouring pre-measured oil or water into a bowl
  • Turning the pages of the cookbook
  • Kneading dough
  • Putting garbage in the garbage can
  • Setting the table
  • Cutting soft items (like fruit) with a dull knife

Before you start, cooking together, be sure to review basic safety tips such as stove is hot, only a grown-up gets to use a knife and how hands should be washed before, during and after. Set a good example for your little one to follow -- turn off the oven when you are finished; keep all pot handles pointing to the rear of the stove and make sure appliances are never left in or near water.

The most important rule? Clean up as you go along. Have fun!

Valentine's Day Desserts to Make With Your Preschooler

  • Chocolate Meringue Parfaits: Just four ingredients make up this rich dessert that doesn't even use a stove!
  • Chocolate Crockpot Mess: The name alone should appeal to preschoolers! 1Make this one in the morning and then enjoy it when you come home.
  • No-Bake Chocolate Haystacks: You need to melt chocolate, so be careful with your preschooler, but other appropriate kitchen jobs for little ones include mixing peanuts and chow mien noodles. 
  • Kellogg's Rice Krispies Very Cherry Treats: Put a fruity twist on Rice Krispies with this easy-to-make recipe. 
  • Valentine's Day Cookies: Cookies are a great recipe for preschoolers to make because they can help form and mix the dough. This does have some overnight waiting time, so only try this one if your little one is patient, or make the dough on your own first.
  • Chocolate Popcorn: Settling in for a movie? Make up a batch of this chocolatey goodness first!
  • Sugar Cookie Fruity Pizzas: This calls for packaged sugar cookie dough and whatever fruit your preschooler enjoys. Make a toppings bar and have a pizza party!
  • Corn Flakes Cherry Dot Cookies: Cereal for dessert? Why not! It's Valentine's Day! Here's a easy cookie recipe that you can make with your preschooler.

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