Baking with your kids is not just a fun activity to do together. It's a chance to share knowledge and teach new skills, encourage creativity and teach them about food. There’s also a fair bit of trial and error involved in baking, which is in itself a really valuable life lesson. Then of course there is the sense of pride in ‘making’ something of your very own; especially when it is something delicious that you can share with friends and family.
If you’re wondering how to get your kids involved in baking, here is a guide to what activities they can get involved with or skills they can learn, by age. Different children will of course vary in ability, so this is just a guide- always use your own judgement. And remember that children are never too young to learn the importance of using a kitchen safely and understand the dangers of a hot pan or a sharp knife, and even older children require supervision when baking.
We’ve also shared a couple of our favourite baking recipes to make with kids. Simple to make and as mess-free as possible, all these sweet treats can be made using your stand mixer- which does definitely help contain a lot of the spills and splatters. Although let’s face it, when it comes to baking with kids, a bit of mess is pretty much inevitable.