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J is for Jam Roll-Ups | Cooking The Alphabet | Cooking With Kids | Easy Toddler Lunch

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m cooking the alphabet with my two toddlers and creating a gigantic mess while doing so.

Illustrated jam background with text saying "Baby Cooks The Alphabet - Cook the alphabet and create a handmade recipe scrapbook! Jam Roll-Ups"

Today we’re making Jam Roll-ups for J is for Jam.

I thought this would be a nice, simple one...but it was one of the messiest yet!

What you need:

  1. Ingredients:

  • Bread

  • Jam

  • Peanut butter

  1. Tools: Rolling pin, Kid-safe knife

A 3-year-old uses scissor to snip off the ends of a green bean.
My 3-year-old rolling out the bread.

Getting The Kids Cooking:

Set-up tasks your toddler can help with include:

  • Grabbing kitchen tools

  • Grabbing ingredients

Then the fun part comes:

  • Have your kiddo use the rolling pin to flatten a slice of bread

  • Spread peanut butter on the bread

  • Spread jam over the peanut butter

  • Roll the bread up into a pinwheel

  • Cut into slices

I thought they would love using the rolling pin to flatten out the bread, but my one-year-old did not want to touch it, and my 3-year-old didn’t quite understand what I was telling her to do.

I thought the classic spreading task would be a breeze, but my one-year-old was hungry! She enjoyed eating the jam and peanut butter, meanwhile my 3-year-old was doing pretty good spreading.

I ended up helping them roll their sandwiches up and cut them into slices, and I’ll be honest, they did not look pretty, but that didn’t stop them from chowing down!

Remember to take photos of your little chef rolling and spreading!

Now that the kids had fun, it's mama's turn!

Let's assemble the J page in our Baby Eats The Alphabet Recipe Book!

What you need:

Of course, we recommend purchasing a Baby Eats The Alphabet kit, which will have everything you need to create your recipe book keepsake (except the photos of your little ones), but honestly, the point is to create a beautiful book of your memories - which you can with: printed photos, paper (we recommend paper at least 8.5" x 8.5" so you can fit a photo plus the recipe!), double-sided tape, any fun embellishments you want like stickers, washi tape, or photo protectors, and something to hold your pages, like binder or scrapbook!

Write your recipe:

Use a small piece of paper to write down the recipe you used, and any memorable notes you want to record. For example, I had to mention what a giant mess this week's food turn out to be!

Pick your photos and lay everything out:

Before applying any tape, I recommend you lay out all of your elements to make sure everything fits and you like how it looks. Once you're happy with it, tape everything down, starting with the bottom layer first! And here's how mine turned out:

I would love to see what you decided to cook and create for J is for Jam! Please tag me in your creations @BabyEatsTheAlphabet!
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