Abi has been really interested in what goes on in the kitchen. I bake a lot, but especially during this time of year. I thought I would share some tips that I’ve learned over the past month or so of having Abi helping out in the kitchen.
1. Lots of patience (don’t do this on a bad day)
2. Extra set of all your tools, or a child’s baking set (my Mom got us one for $5 at Bed Bath and Beyond, and it is awesome)
3. High mess tolerance
4. Cookie dough made while tot is sleeping, or a little bit extra of all your ingredients
5. Safety can opener if cans are needed (leaves no sharp edges)
6. A recipe that is very, very easy and hard to mess up in case you get distracted
7. Play dough in case you really don’t feel like actually baking that day (so far, Abi finds this an acceptable substitute)
8. A tall step stool or learning tower (we have a vintage step stool that Abi now thinks is hers)
1. Have child wash hands at the sink (you too!). They love the soap bubbles so this alone will take 5 minutes.
2. Get out all ingredients, or if you were really with it, your pre-made dough
3. At Abi’s age (nearly 2) I have found the best thing is to give her a little of everything in her own bowl as I use it, or give her her own little bit of dough. As her motor skills develop she will be able to help measure ingredients too.
4. 30 minutes later, you might be done, or might not, but your kid will be over it and your floor will be covered in flour.
5. Fill sink with soapy water (buh-bules!) and let child wash dishes (sorta) while you finish up.
6. Mop your floor and give child a bath if needed. Don’t forget there is probably something
baking burning in the oven.
Fun! Or, bypass all of the above and let child use their baking tools with play dough while standing up at the counter. Gives a pretty good substitute for those no-patience days.