by Laura Berthiaume October 30, 2021 3 min read
With Halloween tomorrow and the holidays coming up, you might be thinking about doing some festive baking with your little ones.
BUT if you've ever spent time cooking or baking with a toddler and found the experience a little frustrating, I completely understand.
With young children, baking can often be some combination of:
You are definitely not alone if this has been your experience BUT don't worry, you don't have to throw away the cookies cutters just yet.
There's a couple simple things you can do to that will make the process much more enjoyable for everyone.
Everything should be pre-measured before your child steps foot in the kitchen. Even eggs should be counted out, put into a bowl, and the carton put back into the fridge.
This removes the temptation for your child to grab any ingredient they can get their hands on and dump it, either onto the floor or in the mixing bowl.
It'll mean a few more dirty dishes but will cut down on the overall mess and you won't have to constantly ask your child to put something down, meaning you can relax and enjoy the activity a bit more!
If you want to take the prep a step further, set out all your tools and empty the sink or dishwasher before starting too. That way used dishes and tools can go right into the sink or dishwasher.
Remember, children are natural explorers. Grabbing, touching, tasting, pouring, etc is simply irresistible. They can't help themselves.
Better to manage it on our end then expect them to not act like children!
As your child gets older, you can involve them more in the measuring and scooping. These are great math lessons...
But let's just save these steps for when you're more confident they won't dump the bag of flour all over the floor.
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