Baking with kids can be heaps of fun! It can also be incredibly messy too. A chance to make wonderful memories together, we’ve got plenty of recipe ideas for you to try, along with some tips to keep your time in the kitchen flowing smoothly.
Baking with Kids: What You Need to Know
Kids of all ages love to spend time cooking and baking in the kitchen. From stirring mixtures in bowls, to banging pots together (cause face it, they do), there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s a great opportunity to help introduce the concepts of:
- Co-operation – how you need to work together to create something great
- Maths – measuring and cutting
- Following instructions
- Experimentation – what happens if I do this? Why does that happen?
- Food safety – hand washing and storing food correctly
Right from a young age, there are many age appropriate baking activities you can ask your child to perform. Up to around three years, pouring, decorating and stirring mixtures is popular. From around five or six years, they can do measuring, cutting and rolling, while heading to double digits, a pre-teen can almost follow the recipe independently.
It’s also important to be clear on the importance of safety in the kitchen. Knowing the things which can and can’t be touched, fall prevention, turning handles away from the edge and using cupboard locks where appropriate, are good places to start.
Keeping things clean can be tricky, but be prepared with plenty of cloths for wiping, and wear an apron. Cleaning up afterwards is also something kids can assist with too.
You can also do imaginary baking with kids too. Grab some empty cooking bowls and spoons, some pretend food and a cookbook. Take them to your pretend kitchen, which a playhouse is perfect for, and you’ll have just as much fun. Be sure to bring some snacks to eat too.
Healthy Recipes for Baking with Kids
Ask a child what they want to bake, and the answer will probably be biscuits! But there are so many healthy alternatives you may want to suggest they try instead, including:
- Savoury ham and cheese muffins
- Banana muffins
- Oat, sultana and honey biscuits
- Bliss balls
- Muesli slice
- Zucchini and chocolate muffins
- Feijoa and apple cake
- Strawberry yogurt ice cream
- Date scones
- Homemade bread
- Blueberry muffins
A quick search of Google will give you plenty of websites which list healthy baking recipes which kids will enjoy making (and hopefully eating!). My Kids Lick the Bowl, Cookie + Kate, Super Healthy Kids and Epicurious are just some we’ve found.
Remember, baking with kids can take place in both in real and pretend kitchens: both provide amazing experiences and wonderful memories to remember.