Whether you’re baking homemade pretzels or a chocolate cake, this can be a great chance to spend some quality time with your kids. Kids love to bake, and getting them involved early will instill a love of baking for the rest of their lives. Nevertheless, you’ll want to take some precautions to ensure your kids stay safe and there aren’t any cooking mishaps.
Let it get messy
Kids are kids, so things are going to get messy. Try not to stress too much about it. After all, baking together should be a fun activity, so it’s ok to let your kids make a bit of a mess! You can also take steps to make the clean-up a bit easier. Put a plastic tablecloth over your work area, encourage your kids to slow down as they move around the kitchen, and clean up as you go. Also involve your kids in the clean up so that they learn a valuable lesson.
Have your kids choose the recipe
Baking is most fun for kids when they take an active role throughout the entire process. When they choose their own recipes, they’ll be far more engaged than if you choose it. Of course, you don’t want your child picking something outlandish or expensive, so we recommend creating a short list of recipes that your child can choose from.
Find age-appropriate tasks
The tasks that you give your kids should depend on their age and their abilities. Younger children will need simple tasks like adding ingredients, spooning out portions of dough, and stirring. As kids get older, though, they can handle more complicated tasks. Older kids can measure ingredients accurately and take part in more advanced decorating techniques.