5 Tips For Baking With Kids

14th October 2019

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Baking with kids is such a fun way to enjoy childhood with your kids. With childhood passing by so quickly, it’s important that you find creative ways to have some fun together. I’ll admit baking with kids is a messy deal, but it can be so rewarding and fun.

If you’re thinking about baking with kids but want some tips to make the process a little easier, fun and less messy, then continue reading for my best tips for getting in the kitchen baking with kids successfully.

Get The Ingredients Out

Before doing anything, make sure you have all of the ingredients set out on the counter. You will not want to turn your head while baking with kids or else you may turn back around to a mess! Nevermind the safety issues that can be found in the kitchen, so make sure you have all of the ingredients out before you start to bake with kids.

Have Supplies Within Reach

Whatever you need to use for bowls, utensils, mixers and so on during this session of baking with kids make sure it’s all within reach. Again, turning your head while baking with kids is never really a good idea. Just make sure your gadgets, utensils and all baking supplies are within hands reach.

Set the Rules

Kids will generally behave better when they what’s expected of them. Review all of the safety rules for baking with kids, the expectations you have and so on with the kids before you even begin to make a recipe with kids. This will allow the kids to know what you expect from them so that there’s little room for mistakes and bad or unsafe behaviour while baking with kids.

Opt for Simple

If this is the first time you’re baking with kids or the kids are younger, then it’s important that you opt to go with a simple recipe. This will make sure your kids stay focused on the recipe creation and don’t get too bored. A simple recipe is always a good starting point for first-time kid bakers too.

Assign Tasks

This is an especially important tip for baking with kids if you’re going to be in the kitchen with more than one child. Make sure each kid has an assigned task so there’s no arguing about what they’re going to do. Split the recipe and other tasks up in between each of you so that everything is done right, but all of you have your own job to complete the recipe perfectly.

At the end of the day, there’s really no wrong way to bake with kids, well I suppose you could not pay close enough attention to safety risks in the kitchen, but overall baking with kids is as simple as preparing full, explaining the rules and then being more open-minded about having a messy kitchen after you’re done baking with kids.

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  • stuart hargreaves 14th October 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Easy, make sure they have treat afterwards as well as when you eat their baking you tell them its delicious

    • paula cheadle 9th November 2019 at 12:10 PM

      Make it fun, let them try to do it themselves

  • Ritchie Dee 14th October 2019 at 12:25 PM

    They get to eat whatever they bake

    • Sarah Haynes 18th October 2019 at 7:59 PM

      I let them choose what we are going to make, we make mess and use lots of sprinkles!

    • Jeanette Leighton 10th November 2019 at 4:40 PM

      Mention cakes ….. that usually does the trick lol

  • Kathleen marsden 14th October 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Make sure they can decorate whatever they make

  • Emma G 14th October 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Let them eat the remainder of the cake mixture

  • Margaret Gallagher 14th October 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Make it fun and never a chore – praise even if its burnt to a cinder

  • ADEINNE TONNER 14th October 2019 at 3:23 PM

    My tip is to give them tasks to do like breaking the eggs in the bowl or mixing the ingredients together

  • Jackie Howell 14th October 2019 at 7:29 PM

    let them make as much mess as they like, make it fun

  • Solange 14th October 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Shaped cookies are a brilliant place to start as you can prepare the cookie dough in advance and then let the kids roll it out, cut the shapes, bake and decorate.

  • barbara daniels 15th October 2019 at 5:46 AM

    getting lots of added extras such as sprinkles choc chips

  • Helen Tovell 16th October 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Do it as early as possible with all easy dishes and the prep it will encourage them to try what they eat and give them skills for life

  • Andrea Upton 19th October 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Use digital scales to measure ingredients, it is easier for them to read numbers and try to understand them

  • Megan Kinsey 27th October 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Make sure everything is at their height so they’re not struggling to reach

  • Iain maciver 27th October 2019 at 10:59 AM

    make it fun

  • Priscilla Stubbs 27th October 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Make sure they can reach, let them weigh everything and most importantly make it fun (and don’t worry if the results aren’t up to your standard!)

  • James Silcock 27th October 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Let them deoorate

  • Peter Watson 27th October 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Bake something the kids love to eat.

  • Sheena Batey 27th October 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Agree to them licking the bowl out afterwards

  • Kim M 27th October 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Lots of icing and decorations x

  • Kelly Wheelhouse 27th October 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Let them be messy! My little one hates being told how to do things, so I find it best to let him do things his way and make as much mess as he likes!

  • Laura Williams 27th October 2019 at 8:09 PM

    Bake something that needs icing… kids love to ice things! πŸ˜€

  • Tracy Newton 28th October 2019 at 7:07 AM

    I let them choose what they want to make, then decorate it how they like

  • Samantha 28th October 2019 at 11:48 AM

    First off let them choose what to bake, encourage them to weigh the ingredients, mix – generally all of it – they might need help with the oven depending on their age

  • Laura Pritchard 28th October 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Letting them choose what we make!

  • Rich Tyler 28th October 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Offer them chance to show their skills / eat cake mixture!

  • lucy robinson 29th October 2019 at 8:08 AM

    I let them choose what they want to bake. My daughter loves baking cupcakes and my son loves baking savoury things.

  • Lorna Ledger 29th October 2019 at 10:52 AM

    I think just by being together, putting some music on, having a laugh helps πŸ™‚

  • Louise craney 29th October 2019 at 1:01 PM

    How beautiful

  • Amanda Baggott 29th October 2019 at 2:18 PM

    I make it fun by making spooky character cookies at Halloween, Christmas trees near Christmas and so on

    • Lisa Pond 9th November 2019 at 8:58 AM

      Buy or make chef hats for them – they’ll feel so professional

  • Gary Topley 29th October 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Involve them as much as possible, and let them have first taste of whatever is made. Thankyou for the competition x

  • Fiona jk42 29th October 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Make it easier by giving them child-sized utensils. I bought my kids wooden rolling pins that are made for children, and my granddaughter now uses the one that belonged to my daughter.

  • Ruth Harwood 30th October 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Make it an adventure, using characters from their fave tv shows as molds or decoration so they can relate xx

  • Margaret Clarkson 30th October 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Give them choices of what to make and make items to share with family or friends. They will be very proud of what they have made!

  • Mark R 30th October 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Start with things they really like eating, don’t worry about the mess – and make sure there plenty left in bowl to clean out!

  • jodie green 30th October 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Lots of decoration and let them chose what they want to make

  • Helen Arlow 30th October 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Make it fun. Let them decorate cakes however they like x

  • Ani Costa 30th October 2019 at 2:20 PM

    let everyone have a go at doing something!

  • Christine Lockley 30th October 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Let them choose what to make and how they decorate their make. Plan a picnic for after (even if its just a rug in the lounge with their favourite film). Most of all have Fun

  • Jessica Powell 31st October 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Especially with Halloween season we play at making witch’s potions/spells with mixing all the ingredients. πŸ™‚

  • Kim Neville 2nd November 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Letting them choose something they really like eating πŸ™‚

  • Carole Nott 2nd November 2019 at 7:30 PM

    Mixing up something good to eat

  • James Travis 5th November 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Give them each an important task to do, and let them decorate

  • Claire Ginn 5th November 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Make it fun and let them join in

  • Karen Usher 5th November 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Giving them fun and important jobs, rather than just the peeling of things etc. Lots of encouragment!

  • Kat Allinson 5th November 2019 at 9:20 PM

    I let them choose what they want to bake

  • Cathryn Crawshaw 5th November 2019 at 9:33 PM

    let them have a go at everything

  • Georgina Prince 6th November 2019 at 7:32 PM

    cook something they really like to eat, in all honesty my kids love it i really don’t have to persuade them x

  • Leanne Pearson 7th November 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Lots of decoration choices and CHOCOLATE!

  • Nadia Josephine 7th November 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Get them involved when they are young so they get an interest from and early age!

  • LORRAINE CRAWFORD 8th November 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Accept its going to be messy! Let the kids weigh out the ingredients, and do the mixing and filling the cake tins. The adult puts the cakes in the oven, but let them watch (with supervision) through the oven door as the cakes rise and cook. They can see the transformation from dough to cake. The adult removes from oven, and once the cakes are cooled, let the kids do their bit with the decoration!

  • Emma England 8th November 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Let them do it! It doesn’t matter if they make a mess or don’t do it as good as you. Just let them have fun

  • Donna Caldwell 8th November 2019 at 4:06 PM

    My daughter loves doing the measuring she gets all her measurements precisely

  • Meryl Thomas 8th November 2019 at 8:40 PM

    I started all mine at a young age and made sure that first of all they were helping me and then they themselves were making the cakes

  • Susan Willshee 8th November 2019 at 9:16 PM

    use recipes with short baking or setting times because if they see almost instant results, it’s much easier to keep them interested if they don’t have to wait too long for the results.

  • ellie spider 9th November 2019 at 12:18 AM

    make small simple things to start with – fairy cakes and plain cookies, then let them decorate what they have created and taste it! Quick to make, fun to decorate and good to eat = happy little bakers eager to bake again

  • Kirsty Taylor 9th November 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Cook something fun – make sure they’re involved all the way and don’t criticise mess – it can always be cleaned

  • Amanda Greensmith 9th November 2019 at 9:29 PM

    make it fun x

  • Aimee L 9th November 2019 at 11:50 PM

    My boys love to give home made cakes to relatives and neighbours. They feel proud of themselves afterwards.

  • Mary Baldwin 10th November 2019 at 1:31 AM

    Start off with cooking something that they love to eat so you give yourself the best possible chance, make it fun and enjoy the products of their labour.

  • Twirlywhirly 10th November 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Start with decorating simple biscuits, messy kids is good,use easy cutlery & icing bags, my grandchildren love cooking with me I find by letting them cook what they choose gives them more inspiration & the urge to cook more, I let them use the dining room table as easier at eye level

  • Jennifer Toal 10th November 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Let them get stuck in however messy it gets!

  • Simone Griffin 10th November 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Just encouraging them to help and letting them decorate and help always works for me x

  • Susan B 10th November 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Start with fun and easy products like cupcakes then get the child to choose what to cook.

  • Sandra Fortune 10th November 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Let my grandson do all the mixing and use fun shaped animal cutters looking forward to making our Christmas gingerbread house He can be as messy as he likes it’s half the fun

  • jackie curran 10th November 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Let them choose what they wish to make and eat , think they enjoy that anyway .

  • Diana 10th November 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Colourful sprinkles and their favourite aprons πŸ™‚

  • Mrs Rachael Sexey 10th November 2019 at 12:17 PM

    I let them pick what to bake and always let them lick the spoon 🍩πŸͺ🍰🧁

  • Lynn Neal 10th November 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Find simple recipes with tasks they can easily achieve to build their confidence!

  • Susan Smith 10th November 2019 at 2:07 PM

    We all love to bake, normally if its with the kids, we make cup cakes and i let them use the hand mixer, but my hands are always over theirs so i have control, also they love to decorate them, this year they are helping me with the mince pies, i will make the pastry and everything else i think they can manage to do

  • sandy lynn ralph 10th November 2019 at 3:06 PM

    start by letting them help make things yo know they like first and get them involve as much as you can by weighing and mixing things

    • Jeanette Leighton 10th November 2019 at 4:40 PM

      Mention cakes if that doesn’t work theirs no hope lol

  • REBECCA TOWNSEND 10th November 2019 at 3:08 PM

    We try to let our children choose what they want to make, rather than saying you are making so & so. Not only does this give the child more control but they also have fun and gain interest by looking for recipes etc. It also goes without saying licking the bowl & spoon afterwards is a must!

  • Sheri Darby 10th November 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Licking the spoon and bowl is always a good incentive

  • Amy Jo mclellan 10th November 2019 at 8:48 PM

    I don’t have children but baking things into fun shapes is what always encouraged me to get involved as a child.

  • Georgie Wright 10th November 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Let them pick between a couple of options so they have made the choice what to make!

  • Kerry H 10th November 2019 at 10:04 PM

    Sprinkles and other colourful toppings are good fun!

  • Rachel Craig 10th November 2019 at 10:33 PM

    Allow them to choose from 2 – 3 options of what to bake. What is baked shared with the children, family and friends when completed. Perhaps or afternoon tea.

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