Your seven-year-old daughter wants to do everything that you do, while your eldest already sees himself as a top chef – at the ripe old age of 10! To keep them both happy, you’ve planned a family baking session. The idea is to have lots of fun, while at the same time teaching them the basics of cooking early on, such as how to organise themselves in the kitchen.
Teach them to be master chefs!
An afternoon spent baking with the children is all about togetherness, with lots of learning and lots of laughter as the kids find out new things and try to copy what the adults do. Pick out a simple recipe for one of their favourite desserts – muffins, chocolate mousse, cupcakes, apple pie etc – let them decide! Print out the recipe or put the cookery book in full view, so that you can all go through the different steps together.
Baking should be a time for your children to chill out, while at the same time learning some of the basic techniques – beating with a whisk or wooden spoon, stirring ingredients in bit by bit, weighing and measuring and so on. Needless to say, you need to keep any dangerous objects out of the way – from hobs and knives to the baking tray that’s just come out of the oven.
You can also teach them how to organise themselves properly. Get them to help tidy the kitchen and wash up. And don’t forget to let them decorate what you’ve all made, so that they get a chance to express their creativity !