Cooking, especially baking, is a great way to teach kids about measurement, counting, fractions, sequencing, and reading. Additionally, your kids are learning a basic life skill.
Follow these tips to make the experience even better (and a little easier for you).
- Timing is everything. Pick a time when you don’t feel rushed and you have time to clean up the mess made by your little chef. Avoid distractions, so you can supervise mindfully.
- Keep it simple. Select a recipe that is fairly easy to read and has just a few ingredients. Look for “measure-mix-bake” type of recipes. Click on the picture below for a printable for simple Oatmeal Cookies.
- Be Prepared! Before even uttering the words “let’s cook!”, get out all ingredients and tools needed. Pour ingredients like flour and sugar into a large bowl, so little ones can easily scoop and measure.
- Be ready for a mess. (I may have been known to cover the floor and counter with a sheet and large towel.) Have wet and dry kitchen towels ready. Clean as you go. Show kids how to clean up messes.
- Go over a few safety rules. Explain the dangers of the oven and the electric mixer. Both should be used by an adult or at least adult supervision. Never stick fingers or utensils near the mixer or lift it when it is on.
- Avoid a fight. If you have more than one child, read over the recipe first and decide who will be responsible for what.
What do your kids like to cook?