Many people enjoy baking during the holidays. In fact, holiday baking is often party of a family’s tradition. It is NO secret that children love to bake! However, many parents are often overwhelmed with the extra amount of work that comes along with baking with children.
Here are some helpful tips when baking with kids:
- Get ingredients out and organized ahead of time. – It is amazing what kind of “trouble” children can get into when you are busy trying to locate ingredients and tools.
- Measure out the trickier ingredients. – Depending on the age of the children, you may wish to pre-measure all ingredients and place them in small dishes for easy pouring/adding.
- Set clear expectations. – Like with many activities with children, if you set clear expectations, you are setting yourself and your children up for success.
- Print off a recipe OR use a resealable baggie for electronic devices. – Just like I am a messy baker, so are children! Print off your recipe ahead of time so that your children can handle it and read it (or try to read it) independently. If you are using a tablet or electronic device to save paper, protect it in a resealable baggie ahead of time to prevent powder and sticky fingers from getting it dirty.
- Have children help to clean up. – While it may be easier to clean up the mess by yourself, you need to remember that you are setting them up for their future. Can you picture your kitchen ten years from now if your children were never part of the clean up?
Added Bonus: If there are parts to the baking that are easier done by an adult, be sure to have a clean cloth on hand for messy fingers and set up a simple activity for your children (like colouring pages) for them to do while you do the “adult only” part of the baking.