Engage your kids in the kitchen
(NC)—As busy parents, sometimes we think of our kitchen activities as a chore. Baking is a great way to bring some fun back into the kitchen and it can be a family effort. Including our children in hands-on baking activities can create lasting memories, and empower our little ones to get excited about cooking and creativity.
Fun in numbersTasking kids with manning the measuring spoons and measuring cups can instill a sense of pride in their own abilities. Measuring ingredients can be a fun way to incorporate simple math, like fractions, into the kitchen equation.
Stir, stir, stir Stirring can help kids develop their motor skills, so why not ask them to mix your ingredients together the next time you bake? Or, if the recipe requires an electric hand mixer, licking the batter off the beaters is an instant reward for their assistance.
Get messyChildren love to get their hands dirty, so letting them sprinkle flour, roll out dough or use cookie cutters can be a fun way to get kids involved.
Kid-friendly treatsMaking treats that are fun to eat is a great way to engage children in the kitchen. Cake pops or pastry pops are the latest and greatest in trendy, bite-sized treats. Served on a stick, these can be made easily using a press or pan from nordicware.com. They are sweet enough for dessert and small enough to take to school for a mid-day snack. Great as an alternative to cupcakes or the traditional birthday cake – they are all the rage. Sprinkles, icing or candy toppings can also add excitement to these miniature delicacies.
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