Stress Free Baking With Kids
While I love to bake all kinds of desserts and treats, I find that it can be hard to spend the necessary time to bake when with kids running around the house who constantly are asking when it will be ready. Therefore, I love to find ways to incorporate them into the baking process so that they can see how it is done and to help keep them busy while it is baking.
Before the baking process begins, the kids and I like to sit down together and pick out what we want to bake next. This way they are choosing something they want to try and they get to see the different ingredients and steps needed to make each different dessert. Once the decision is made, it is time to search the pantry to see what ingredients we have and then head to the store for the ingredients that we don’t. If you have multiple kids, this is a great opportunity to have them take turns looking for different ingredients in the house and then helping you make a list for what you still need.
Once the shopping is over, the real work begins. I like to give each kid a task for the baking preparations so that there is not chaos in the kitchen for who should be doing what. Each time we bake I like to alternate their tasks so that they get to try new things and they do not get bored. We all take turns reading the directions and following the steps before the dessert goes in the oven. This teaches them to follow directions and to learn to measure correct amounts. Once everyone has done their steps and the dessert is in the oven, the waiting begins.
There are multiple ways to pass the time while the dessert is baking that will help keep the kids calm and focused. This could be a good time for them to do some of their homework or to do other chores around the house. Depending on what you are baking, there may be other preparations like decorations or frosting to be made that they can help you with while you are waiting. The key is to keep them busy so that you are not all staring at the oven or having them constantly ask if it is ready yet. Find what works best for you and your kids and keep it consistent every time you bake. If they know that it is homework time every time something is baking, this will create a great routine that helps keep them focused.
Baking can seem tedious or time consuming, especially with kids, but you can try some of these steps to incorporate them into the baking and you will find that it can be a lot less stressful. Not only less stressful, but even fun. You are getting your kids involved and teaching them new tricks that they can use as they grow up. Enjoy trying your next recipe with your kids and happy baking!