Thursday, March 25, 2010

Baking with Kids

There is nothing better than a beautiful spring day when the kids can finally spend extended periods of time outside. But with spring also comes cold, rainy days. And when you’ve already exhausted the library and museums during winter, a great way to pass the time together is to bake.

Baking is great at any age, whether it’s a two year old rolling out dough and using cookie cutters, a three or four year old practicing fine motor skills in measuring, or a five year old starting to learn basic math concepts with quantities. The older they get the more they can do on their own.

Having everything out before you start is helpful, as well has having several wet wash clothes nearby. Have extra utensils for them to play with and let them get messy. A great apron can be very inspiring and save on cleanup. Bloom Woosie has an adorable selection of aprons for both girls and boys.

And most importantly always let them taste. If you're worried about exposing them to raw eggs, have some small bowls filled with different snacks- nuts, berries or raisins.

Baking for someone specific is a lovely idea. Sharing the fruits of their labor with a grandparent, a neighbor, a friend or even sending daddy to work with a treat can be exciting for a little one. A personalized kitchen stamp on a homemade gift tag is a great way to finish off their creation.

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