Teaching Your Kids to Bake
Do your kids like to help you cook or bake?
Mine often couldn’t care less about making food of any kind unless they are grabbing a quick breakfast on the go. Maybe it’s because they are boys. Or maybe it’s because they have so much energy to burn and are outside playing every chance they get. Then again, it could be a combination…I don’t know!
Honestly, though, because two of them have very grabby hands (think hands in the pot before thinking through what that actually means), I haven’t minded that they stay out of the kitchen.
I do have them help me make things that don’t involve heat: sandwiches, toast, homemade lunchables, oatmeal in the microwave…that sort of thing.
However, now that my oldest is 10 years old, I feel that it’s time for him to start developing life skills such as cooking basic foods. That way he starts learning how to take care of himself in basic ways.
To that end, I have begun doing informal cooking lessons with him…boiling water to cook noodles and cooking eggs and pancakes. They even help me mix ingredients together on an irregular basis.
Recently, he needed to make a baked item to take to school as part of an exchange. I was throwing out ideas of things we could make, and he jumped at the idea of making our pumpkin spice bread.
So began our first (solo) baking lesson! We read through the ingredients list and gathered everything we needed. Then I let him get started as I supervised the process. He did an amazing job measuring out each ingredient and mixing them together. He asked me to crack the eggs 🙂
Once he mixed everything together, I helped him portion the batter into the loaf pans and handled all the oven work.
About 40 minutes later…success! He was so proud of all his work and went around telling anyone who would listen that he made the bread all by himself!
Let us know in the comments…how much of the baking process do your kids do on their own?
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