Did you get to read my little helper in the kitchen post? Nope, then go and read it here 🙂
After which we have been doing a bit of baking here and there.
Baking together can be so much of fun. And it’s got ample learning opportunities. Who wouldn’t want to try it?
So, there we were deciding on what recipe that we should start with. And we zeroed on this simple butter cake. This is the classic starter cake for anyone who wants to learn baking. It is easy to make with no complicated techniques or fancy ingredients. Plus they are fool proof. It is very hard to mess up with this recipe and would be ideal for my little one to start as well. You can find the recipe here.
Before we head on to the recipe I am going to tell you why baking together is a great learning resource for your little one.
1.They introduce indirect math concepts
- They learn to count when you say “We are going to add in two eggs. One and now two “
- They learn fractions when the recipe calls for half a butter slice.
- They learn measurements: one cup each. You can read our popcorn post learning the same.
- They also learn time concepts: Forty five minutes in the oven
- And finally, sequencing: First beat sugar, then add butter and as the recipe calls
2.They make up for awesome pre-writing works
- Their hand muscles put in a lot of resistance when they mix hard butter and sugar.
- When they roll their dough to make a cookie
- When they cut cookie shapes, they wrist muscles are preparing your child to hold a pencil.
- When they place dough carefully on a baking tray they learn how to place them from left to right or in a pattern.
- Like I said, as simple as baking might seem to look, there are plenty of learning opportunities.
- Show them how we wash hands before you start baking.
- Ask them to help you get all your baking essentials ready.
- Ask them to help you pick your whisker, cookie cutters and so on.
- If you have a recipe printed, show it to them and let them know that you are going to read what is on this paper and follow them to the T.
4.Other practical life skills:
- Learning to wash hands before and after the work
- To stir the ingredients
- To crack eggs
- To pour ingredients into the bowl. Read other pouring works here.
- To clean the kitchen counter once you are done baking.
They get to see the ingredients, use their hands to get messy and smell the cake when it is the oven, listening to the beater sound and tasting them delicacies once they are done 🙂 Yup, all their five senses are involved and what more fun could it be:-)
Other important benefits:
Other tips to keep in mind:
- We usually reduce the sugar quantity to one third of what the recipe calls. We do not encourage having any sugar loaded treats at home.
- Be prepared for a mess. That is also a learning opportunity to show them how to clean 🙂
- Pre-measure the ingredients to make it easy for your toddler. Get the entire stuff ready like a TV cookery show.
- Make sure your child is well napped and is on his best of the moods while you bake together.
- Make sure you stay away from any heated appliances.
- Plan ahead and know your recipe so that your toddler doesn’t have to wait while you check the recipe on your phone.I learnt this lesson the hard way 🙂
- If your child is allergic to any of the ingredients (raw eggs), please be extra careful.
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