Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

Top Tip: Baking With Preschoolers

by Claire Winlow (follow)
Preschooler (20)      Play (86)      Top tip (26)      Baking (2)     


baking, toddler, preschool, easy, simple


My three year old loves anything to do with cooking. He has a little set of plates and pretend food but he's also more than happy to play with a pot and wooden spoon to make me pretend birthday cakes.

As much as make believe is lots of fun, getting stuck in and doing the real thing is best of all. Getting preschool age children involved in baking can be a little daunting and your kitchen can look like a whirl wind has passed through it by the time you've finished. The worst part is if they get bored halfway through.

After a few experiences, I think we have a great process in place to keep it engaging and fun for everyone. Especially now that my 15 month old wants to get involved too.

Here are my top tips and I'd love to know if you have any good ideas too.

Wear an apron or wipe clean all in one bib to protect clothes. It also means that at the end of baking you can simply take it off, wash hands and kids are free to go off and play.



baking, toddler, preschool, easy, simple


Choose a simple recipe that they can be fully involved in. Standing watching a grown up do most of the stages isn't much fun. Throw it all in a bowl and mix are the easiest sort of recipes.
Choose a recipe that doesn't take long to bake/cook and then everyone can enjoy the results soon after.
Measure out ingredients in advance so that kids can just tip each ingredient into the bowl.



baking, toddler, preschool, easy, simple


Read the recipe in advance and if it requires softened butter, take this out of the fridge in advance.
If you have more than one child involved, either have a bowl each or share one large bowl with each child having their own spoon for mixing.
Keep it fun. Don't worry about everything having to look pretty. If too many sprinkles or added to decorate or the icing is slapped over in an uneven fashion, it really doesn't matter. It's the taking part that counts.
Get kids involved in the washing up and cleaning. Lots of bubbles and wiping down surfaces can be fun too and it's a great lesson to instill in your kids. I'm hoping this will translate over to tidying up toys after playing with them but that can still be a bit of a battle.

If you're looking for some great recipes to try with your kids then click here.

#Preschooler
#Play
#Top tip
#Baking
I like this Article - 7
[ print friendly ]
Share: email  facebook  twitter
More Articles by Claire Winlow
Before you know it, your tiny newborn will be crawling and not long after, becoming a toddler
452 views
Mega Bloks was one of the best presents my son received on his first birthday
850 views
Once you start getting closer to your due date you'll probably find people start making the same...
524 views
My son is now three and a half and is the only one of his friends not to have a play kitchen
1378 views
You might have heard the term 'fine motor skills' being talked about but exactly does this mean?...
683 views
Stealth ones, smelly ones, side leakers and back shooters are just a few different types of baby poo...
1109 views
view all articles by Claire Winlow
Articles by Claire Winlow on Other Hubs
Printing and stamping is a fun way to make unusual patterns
4 likes
This is something fun that you can make for your child but it's even better if they can get invo...
15 likes
ID: 5672
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
One way of cutting the cost of having a baby is to get some of your baby items second hand
6590 views
When the clocks change, or in summer months, it can be difficult if your baby wakes extra early ...
2799 views
If you're looking for cheap baby goods for your baby, here are some excellent stores you can go to t...
8369 views
Letís be honest; everything you could ever need to know can be found on the internet
1310 views
As a parent, your options for your childs career used to be a trade, a university degree, or a non-s...
76 views
Are you a new parent looking to purchase a proper family car? The answer to your worries is getting ...
71 views
All of us, if we are honest, believe it is important to show others kindness
69 views
There is nothing more likely to catapult an issue of child development or behaviour techniques int...
70 views
Now that this school term is well underway, many of our calls in the last few weeks have been ...
92 views
Categories
Parenting (147)
Play (86)
Tips (45)
Eating (29)
Travel (27)
Safety (21)
Sleep (8)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version