Why Wouldn’t You Bake With The Children?
There is no reason why you wouldn’t fire up the oven for some good time together, making a little mess, licking the spoon and having a jolly good time.
Baking with children is the perfect opportunity to let our hair down a little, relax, and have fun in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, if you are anything like me, this is a difficult process. I am a bit of a control freak in my kitchen. It is my domain or sovereign territory so to speak. For this reason, it is difficult to give up that little bit of control and hand over the reigns to any one of my children.
On the other hand, I know they are learning important skills that they honestly need to know in life.
Baking with children is not just about cooking. There is reading, the recipe and then all the measuring, weighing and counting becomes a lesson in math. Waiting for the cookies to bake is another lesson in patience and not eating all of the cookie dough is another lesson in discipline.
So you all have a lot to gain when you bake with your children.
If you are considering baking with children you need to make sure you have the proper ingredients on hand before beginning. You certainly do not want to be caught without that cup full of patience nor do you wish to need to leave in the middle of things for a run to the local grocery store to pick up the missing ingredients.
Another great rule of thumb when it comes to baking with children is the KISS rule. Keep it simple silly. This rule will help out more than you ever realize. First of all, most children have relatively short attention spans. While they want to learn and help mommy out, they also do not want to have enough time to get bored with the details. Use simple recipes when baking with children and your chances for success will be much greater than with overly complicated or ingredient intense recipes.
As if this wasn’t enough to absorb another very important rule when it comes to baking with children is to clean as you go whenever possible. Trust me on this. While there is part of you who will want to put off the task of cleaning the messes that are made until later or wait till the end and only clean once, this allows the opportunity for messes to layer and compound themselves.
Constantly clean throughout the process for the best possible results. You should enlist your children in the cleaning process as well. While it may be easier to do yourself, it is far more important to teach them the basics of cleaning as you go. Remember one day they will more than likely invade your kitchen while you’re not looking.
Baking with Children
Baking with children can be an incredible way to have a fun day if you can let go of the control that you too often hold over the kitchen. Give the keys to your kingdom for a day of fun and frolicking among the flour and sugar and see just how many wonderful memories you can make with your little ones along the way.