Cooking with kids is a remarkably fun and rewarding experience, and baking is one of the easiest (and fun) ways to cook with kids. Even if you don’t get picture-perfect cookies out of the experience you’ve just helped a child cook – sometimes for the first time. Here are a few key tips in introducing your little chefs to the baking arts:
Be ready to get messy
Set out as much as possible ahead of time. If you’re making cookies, cover the table with wax paper. Get the cookie cutters out – have everything ready because when you’re dealing with a toddler you won’t have an extra hand to look for extra flour, get another egg, or wipe up spills.
Decorate before you bake
We like to use egg wash paint on cut-out cookies to confine the whole cookie-baking mess to one time. Then when the cookies are out of the oven they’re immediately ready to eat – you don’t have to wait for them to cool, then frost. Plus the egg wash is pretty without adding any more sugar to already sweet cookies.
Let them try it out on their own
Make an extra cake and let them decorate it from top to bottom. Let them cut out cookies and scrape them up without worrying too much about how they look.
Safety comes first
It’s really helpful to put smaller children in the high chair or booster seat when doing crafts and making cookies. Then they have an entire tray of their own to roll out dough and play with sprinkles. If you’re lucky, most of it will stay on the tray and you won’t have to clean it off the floor later.
What are the benefits of baking for kids?
– Improves math and counting skills- Improves math and counting skills
– Improves their vocabulary
– Enhances life skills
– Helps in reading skill development
– Great way to develop fine motor skills
– Helps them build a better connection with you
– Great for social skills and to learn responsibility