Some of my fondest memories growing up were cooking with my sister Cathy. The first lesson? French Toast. I was probably about 6 years old and even then I was interested in cooking. We didn't bake cookies or cakes much in my family, but I find cooking and baking teaches children such valuable lessons such as patience, following directions, math, and of course cooking in general is a life skill. I started baking with my daughter when she was 11 months old. Every Sunday morning I would make pancakes and she would help. I would let her hold the electric mixer and put the ingredients in the bowl.
Now she is three years old and can pretty much teach anyone how to make pancakes. For her birthday this year, my Dad bought her some of her very own baking tools. I have to say, it's one of the best gifts she has ever gotten. We have made cookies and of course cupcakes. She still helps me with pancakes on Sundays and I think I will teach her how to make French Toast this week. It can be more time consuming of course to to be teaching while you are baking, but it well worth the time. Here are a few tips for baking with your kids.
- Set up some ground rules
- If you have the means get them their own baking tools
- Give them their own batch to make
- Have Fun and get Dirty