3 Recipes to curb lockdown boredom with your little one

lockdown recipes

Running out of ideas to pass lockdown with your little one? Why not try one of these fun recipes:

  1. Yummy Hummus

  2. Wicked Wrap Pizza

  3. Magic Mug Cake


Spending so much time at home staying safe with young children has presented parents of the nation with a whole new set of challenges – how do we keep them occupied all the time?! Here at Hamilton Nursery we have lots of ideas, so in this article we will explore 3 great recipe ideas that can easily be made together with your little ones to pass the time and create tasty and healthy treats.

Running out of ideas to pass lockdown? Give these fun recipes a try!

Yummy Hummus

This is a great opportunity for the children to weigh and measure their own ingredients, an important aspect of our curriculum and can be served in so many different ways. Our hummus is always a hit with our Pre-School children!


1 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon tahini paste

The juice of half a lemon

1 clove of garlic

Half a teaspoon of cumin

Black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend away! Keep going until a smooth paste forms. If needed add a little more oil to loosen the mixture up.

Our hummus is great served as a dip with vegetable sticks, as a sandwich filler or stuffed in peppers or portobello mushrooms!

TOP TIP: Try different variations when making our hummus, add beetroot for a delightful bright pink version or roasted red peppers for sweetness. You can even add cocoa powder and honey for a sugar free sweet dessert version!

Wicked wrap pizzas

Get that takeaway feel but with an easy to make and healthier alternative! For more about healthy eating for your little one check out our food and nutrition blog post.

Serves 4


4 wholemeal wraps

4 tablespoons of tomato puree

100g of grated cheese of your choice – we like a mix of cheddar and mozzarella!

Half a red pepper, diced

Half a red onion, diced

Half a courgette, diced

1 low salt vegetable stock cube

Sprinkle of mixed herbs


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and add a little oil. Put the pepper, onion and courgette in the pan and sprinkle over the stock cube. Fry until the veg is soft.
  3. Place each wrap on grease proof paper on a baking sheet. Mix the tomato puree with a little water and the herbs and spread it over each wrap in a thin layer.
  4. Evenly distribute the cooked veg over each pizza and sprinkle on the cheese
  5. Bake in the oven for approximately 8 minutes until the cheese melts and the edges crisp up
TOP TIP: support your little one to have a go at chopping their own vegetables, the more ownership they have over preparing the meal the more likely they are to eat it!

Magic mug cake

A simple sweet treat for after dinner – and it’s low in sugar too!

Makes one mug cake


30g all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup

Tiny pinch of salt

60 ml milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

A few drops of vanilla extract

A few chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Grease the inside of a mug with cooking spray or a little oil
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder until well combined. Add the milk, honey or syrup, oil and vanilla extract and mix until fully combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the mug and sprinkle with chocolate chips if using these.
  4. Put the mug in the microwave and microwave in 30 second intervals until the cake is just set
  5. Remove from the microwave (WARNING: the mug will be hot), allow to cool a little and enjoy!

TOP TIP: Try different types of mug cake using the same basic recipe, maybe take out the cocoa powder and add cinnamon or maybe grated carrot and ginger for a carrot cake.

Interested to know how we are preparing for life after the pandemic, see some of the steps we are taking.

Are you looking for more recipe ideas for your little ones? We love these ideas from the National Childbirth Trust!


By Rachael Atkins

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