Bond Over Batter - Baking with the kids
Nothing can be sweeter than the memories of you and your kids baking together. Not only is baking a fantastic way of teaching your kids some indispensible kitchen skills but it is also a great way to create a special bond that will be treasured forever.
This winter add a little frosting to your life as you dunk homemade cookies prepared by your kids, in a glass of milk. But before we put on our aprons, let’s sort out some baking basics to make this a pleasurable and safe experience for your little ones.
Choose The Right Recipe
- Any experienced baker can tell you that time is a key element when baking - every minute matters. That’s why before picking a recipe make sure you have the enough time to do a good job.
- Do your research before taking on a brand new challenge. Lengthy and complicated recipes can be difficult for young ones. We’d advise to refrain from them as children tend to lose focus easily. Keep it fun by going for simple and time-tested recipes.
- If you can’t find the ingredients in your local supermarket, then it’s not the right recipe for your family. Make sure all ingredients are easily available and try not to create your own substitutions unless you want to whip up a recipe for disappointment.
Prep Up The Venue
Once you’ve picked a recipe, based on their votes of course, you can set up the counter for fun times. Arrange your ingredients, baking tools and the all-important kitchen roll. Get your audience at a comfortable height and position on a chair or a kitchen stool.
A Spotless Mess
Baking together is a perfect opportunity to teach your kids about kitchen hygiene. Ask your little bakers to wash their hands, tie back hair and put on their aprons before starting the baking process. Wipe down your baking surface after each step with kitchen paper and use a clean spoon for every ingredient. But in the midst of this all, don’t forget your sense of humour - a little batter on the nose can release oodles of giggles adding sweetness to the experience.
Your kids must understand that by no means are they allowed to operate the oven or microwave. This is an accident-prone area and children must stay at a safe distance at all times. Make sure you demonstrate the use of oven mitts so they understand how not to burn their little hands.
Teamwork tastes sweet
Add a dash of fun by assigning duties based on their ages. For example toddlers can help you pour, stir and decorate. 5-8 years olds can help you measure, roll, cut out shapes and clean up. 9-12 years olds can read instructions, use electric beaters and probably help you with the oven as long as they are wearing mitts.
So what are you waiting for? Put on an apron, pull out your mixing bowl, line up your cookie cutters and get baking!