These helpful hints make it easy to share your love of baking with your kids.
Choose the right recipe
Time flies when you’re having fun baking! Before you get started, double-check how much time you can set aside to make your recipe.
Next choose your recipe. Look for one of our family-friendly recipes that doesn’t have too many steps or ingredients, and ask your kids to help decide what to make. Getting them involved from the very beginning will get your baking adventure off to a great start.
Also, be sure to read through the recipe before getting started. This will give you a chance to soften butter (if needed), get baking tools together and make sure there are no surprises.
Before you rally your little helper, gather all the ingredients, baking tools and pans you’ll need. You can also clear a workspace, unplug any unnecessary appliances and get a chair or stool that they can safely sit on so your helper can get closer to the action.
Remember to have your helper wash their hands and put on an apron or smock. Roll up sleeves and tie back hair so nothing gets caught.
Keep It Clean
Remember to wipe your baking surface after each step.
Grown-ups should always operate the oven and microwave. Things can get hot in there!
Use oven mitts to handle anything that has been on the stove or in the oven or microwave.
Use the timer. With little helpers around, it’s easy to lose track of time.
Ready. Set. Bake.
Kids learn more than how to bake when they help in the kitchen. Measuring ingredients is a math class. Reading the recipe is English. And chemical reactions, like what happens when you add baking soda and vinegar, are fun experiments.
Get your kids to help every step along the way. They’ll love measuring ingredients, stirring batter and adding their own special touch with decorating cookies and cakes. Once you’re finished, they’ll enjoy tasting a treat that’s truly their own.