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5 Tips For Baking With Kids

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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80 Comments

  • Reply stuart hargreaves

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

    14th October 2019 at 11:36 AM
    • Reply paula cheadle

      Make it fun, let them try to do it themselves

      9th November 2019 at 12:10 PM
  • Reply Ritchie Dee

    They get to eat whatever they bake

    14th October 2019 at 12:25 PM
    • Reply Sarah Haynes

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

      18th October 2019 at 7:59 PM
    • Reply Jeanette Leighton

      Mention cakes ….. that usually does the trick lol

      10th November 2019 at 4:40 PM
  • Reply Kathleen marsden

    Make sure they can decorate whatever they make

    14th October 2019 at 1:16 PM
  • Reply Emma G

    Let them eat the remainder of the cake mixture

    14th October 2019 at 1:42 PM
  • Reply Margaret Gallagher

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

    14th October 2019 at 3:13 PM
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

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

    14th October 2019 at 3:23 PM
  • Reply Jackie Howell

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

    14th October 2019 at 7:29 PM
  • Reply Solange

    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.

    14th October 2019 at 11:10 PM
  • Reply barbara daniels

    getting lots of added extras such as sprinkles choc chips

    15th October 2019 at 5:46 AM
  • Reply Helen Tovell

    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

    16th October 2019 at 1:56 PM
  • Reply Andrea Upton

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

    19th October 2019 at 4:07 PM
  • Reply Megan Kinsey

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

    27th October 2019 at 9:58 AM
  • Reply Iain maciver

    make it fun

    27th October 2019 at 10:59 AM
  • Reply Priscilla Stubbs

    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!)

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

    Let them deoorate

    27th October 2019 at 11:53 AM
  • Reply Peter Watson

    Bake something the kids love to eat.

    27th October 2019 at 1:20 PM
  • Reply Sheena Batey

    Agree to them licking the bowl out afterwards

    27th October 2019 at 1:26 PM
  • Reply Kim M

    Lots of icing and decorations x

    27th October 2019 at 3:05 PM
  • Reply Kelly Wheelhouse

    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!

    27th October 2019 at 8:03 PM
  • Reply Laura Williams

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

    27th October 2019 at 8:09 PM
  • Reply Tracy Newton

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

    28th October 2019 at 7:07 AM
  • Reply Samantha

    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

    28th October 2019 at 11:48 AM
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    Letting them choose what we make!

    28th October 2019 at 6:28 PM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

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

    28th October 2019 at 8:21 PM
  • Reply lucy robinson

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

    29th October 2019 at 8:08 AM
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

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

    29th October 2019 at 10:52 AM
  • Reply Louise craney

    How beautiful

    29th October 2019 at 1:01 PM
  • Reply Amanda Baggott

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

    29th October 2019 at 2:18 PM
    • Reply Lisa Pond

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

      9th November 2019 at 8:58 AM
  • Reply Gary Topley

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

    29th October 2019 at 5:03 PM
  • Reply Fiona jk42

    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.

    29th October 2019 at 11:16 PM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

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

    30th October 2019 at 7:05 AM
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    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!

    30th October 2019 at 8:04 AM
  • Reply Mark R

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

    30th October 2019 at 8:55 AM
  • Reply jodie green

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

    30th October 2019 at 11:57 AM
  • Reply Helen Arlow

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

    30th October 2019 at 1:27 PM
  • Reply Ani Costa

    let everyone have a go at doing something!

    30th October 2019 at 2:20 PM
  • Reply Christine Lockley

    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

    30th October 2019 at 9:44 PM
  • Reply Jessica Powell

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

    31st October 2019 at 1:43 PM
  • Reply Kim Neville

    Letting them choose something they really like eating πŸ™‚

    2nd November 2019 at 11:45 AM
  • Reply Carole Nott

    Mixing up something good to eat

    2nd November 2019 at 7:30 PM
  • Reply James Travis

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

    5th November 2019 at 2:41 PM
  • Reply Claire Ginn

    Make it fun and let them join in

    5th November 2019 at 7:41 PM
  • Reply Karen Usher

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

    5th November 2019 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply Kat Allinson

    I let them choose what they want to bake

    5th November 2019 at 9:20 PM
  • Reply Cathryn Crawshaw

    let them have a go at everything

    5th November 2019 at 9:33 PM
  • Reply Georgina Prince

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

    6th November 2019 at 7:32 PM
  • Reply Leanne Pearson

    Lots of decoration choices and CHOCOLATE!

    7th November 2019 at 7:52 AM
  • Reply Nadia Josephine

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

    7th November 2019 at 3:20 PM
  • Reply LORRAINE CRAWFORD

    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!

    8th November 2019 at 10:26 AM
  • Reply Emma England

    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

    8th November 2019 at 10:35 AM
  • Reply Donna Caldwell

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

    8th November 2019 at 4:06 PM
  • Reply Meryl Thomas

    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

    8th November 2019 at 8:40 PM
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    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.

    8th November 2019 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply ellie spider

    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

    9th November 2019 at 12:18 AM
  • Reply Kirsty Taylor

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

    9th November 2019 at 3:02 PM
  • Reply Amanda Greensmith

    make it fun x

    9th November 2019 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply Aimee L

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

    9th November 2019 at 11:50 PM
  • Reply Mary Baldwin

    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.

    10th November 2019 at 1:31 AM
  • Reply Twirlywhirly

    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

    10th November 2019 at 1:55 AM
  • Reply Jennifer Toal

    Let them get stuck in however messy it gets!

    10th November 2019 at 7:50 AM
  • Reply Simone Griffin

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

    10th November 2019 at 8:30 AM
  • Reply Susan B

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

    10th November 2019 at 10:05 AM
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

    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

    10th November 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Reply jackie curran

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

    10th November 2019 at 10:54 AM
  • Reply Diana

    Colourful sprinkles and their favourite aprons πŸ™‚

    10th November 2019 at 11:35 AM
  • Reply Mrs Rachael Sexey

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

    10th November 2019 at 12:17 PM
  • Reply Lynn Neal

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

    10th November 2019 at 12:36 PM
  • Reply Susan Smith

    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

    10th November 2019 at 2:07 PM
  • Reply sandy lynn ralph

    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

    10th November 2019 at 3:06 PM
    • Reply Jeanette Leighton

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

      10th November 2019 at 4:40 PM
  • Reply REBECCA TOWNSEND

    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!

    10th November 2019 at 3:08 PM
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    Licking the spoon and bowl is always a good incentive

    10th November 2019 at 5:02 PM
  • Reply Amy Jo mclellan

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

    10th November 2019 at 8:48 PM
  • Reply Georgie Wright

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

    10th November 2019 at 8:52 PM
  • Reply Kerry H

    Sprinkles and other colourful toppings are good fun!

    10th November 2019 at 10:04 PM
  • Reply Rachel Craig

    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.

    10th November 2019 at 10:33 PM
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