Even the smallest of hands can be a big help in the kitchen when it comes to decorating a cookie or licking the spoon clean. Baking is a great way to bond with your children while allowing them to pick up valuable skills, or learn about math. It doubles as an impromptu reading practice too!
Here's how you can make the best out of it:
Safety comes first
Set up some basic kitchen rules and talk to your little ones about how they can participate. Let them know, for example, that practicing personal hygiene such as washing hands is important and that they won't be involved in handling sharp objects or the oven.
Keep the mood fun and relaxed
Put your favourite playlist over the speaker, or sing some songs together. Let children enjoy their baking and trying new things. It's a special experience to them, one they will cherish and remember even after a long time.
Choose a simple recipe
This is especially helpful if it's your first time baking with a kid, or if you have a toddler. Children will definitely enjoy more in a simple recipe with easy steps they can understand and do for their age, as opposed to something that calls for 30 different ingredients and plenty of patience.
Have them read the recipe
On top of being a fun way to keep them focused and engaged, learning to follow the steps of a recipe is an important skill that helps children to understand how to read instructions and directions of other kind when they grow up. Measuring and counting the ingredients help them with their math too!
Don't stress over the mess
Chances are, you're more likely to take over if you feel stressed or hurried. Be prepared for the mess: there will be broken eggs, flour on the floor, or perhaps more batter on the table than in the bowl. But end of the day, it's all about enjoying the process and creating memorable moments rather than perfect final results. It means a lot to children that they were included in the procedures.