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If you’re a parent then you know how important it is to spend time with your children. What better way than to bake together? When you’re making delicious goodies together, you’re spending quality time and making wonderful memories. Baking can be a great way to teach your kids valuable skills for the future. Here are my 7 delicious tips for baking with your kids:
1. Be a cheerful example:
You can’t expect your child to have a good attitude if you don’t. If the kitchen is not a place of joy for you, then it’s not going to be a place of joy for them either. When my two daughters were little, I made sure that we had cookies or cakes at all our family gatherings. Most of the time we had both. I wanted my girls to associate the kitchen with good things, as well as with me!
2. Be prepared:
Have your mixer and its attachments ready to go along with your cake pans already greased and floured. If using a recipe, have it out and if you have older children, have the child read over the recipe. Let them help you gather up the ingredients, measuring spoons, and measuring cups.
3. Have fun with the ingredients:
Have you ever noticed how baking allows us to play with food? Maybe that’s why kids love baking so much! So why not let them dive into a bag of chocolate chips and just go for it? It can be a great hands-on lesson in measurement too.
4. Get messy:
If you have a small child who won’t keep his or her hands out of the batter, all the better! Your little bakers might make quite a mess, but I can guarantee you they will be having fun. And so will you! 😂🤣😂
5. Let them take charge:
If your child is old enough, they might enjoy being in charge of certain tasks such as measuring out the ingredients, mixing up the ingredients, or instructing the smaller siblings on how to pour the ingredients into the mixing bowl. Let him/her preheat the oven.
6. Set realistic expectations:
Don’t expect too much on first attempts: Fun and experimentation should be emphasized over perfection on first tries. Letting them do this will keep them engaged and wanting to bake with you again.
7. Choose recipes that are simple to make:
In the beginning, it’s best NOT to start with a recipe that has many steps or a lot of ingredients. It’s also best to use ingredients that your kids will enjoy eating. For instance, if they love lemon, choose a lemon cookie recipe. If they love peanut butter, choose a chocolate chip cookie recipe.
I have an easy and delicious cookie recipe that you and your children will love:
Donna’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies Only 5 ingredients to soft delicious cookies that melt in your mouth.🤤