If you have a Dora the Explorer fan in the family who enjoys cooking then the new Dora the Explorer Little Cooks Collection is for you!
We’ve been sent a copy of the first issue and have really been enjoying it. The magazine has a main ingredient in each issue, the first one being bananas, and is featured in different activities throughout the magazine.
At two and a half C can’t read the magazine herself yet but that just means I get to share it with her which is nice. She does like to ‘read’ the magazine herself too.
There are different activities throughout the magazine such as bits to colour in, picking the right ingredients and puzzles.
There is a star recipe in each issue, this one being banana muffins. The instructions are fantastic for cooking with toddlers; they begin by showing you what equipment you need with space to tick when you have it ready then there’s a list of ingredients – the banana muffin recipe having just 6 ingredients.
There are then step by step instructions, with pictures to go with each step which would be great for slightly older children to do the majority of the recipe by themselves.
The actual recipe took less than 10 minutes to mix up then it was time to put our muffins in the oven. Voila!
Obviously C wanted to eat them within seconds of them coming out of the oven but I managed to make her wait until they’d cooled a little before we tried them. Now I’m not a huge fan of bananas, unlike C who loves them, but even I thought they tasted delicious. The only trouble was, the recipe only made 4!
As well as the star recipe, there are also some quick and easy recipes based on the main ingredient. In this issue there are recipes for banana ice cream, banana smoothie, banana breakfast and a banana lolly.
Once you’ve finished cooking and completing the activities there’s a story to share based on, yes you guessed, the star ingredient!
We have thoroughly enjoyed this magazine and will be making the muffins again very soon! C loves the fact she has her own special cupcake cases to bake with now and she has enjoyed going through the magazine with me and completing the activities.
This issue came with 4 silicone cupcake cases and a Dora plate. Issue one costs 99p, issue two costs £2.99 then each issue will cost £4.99.
For more information visit the Little Cooks Collection website.