Sometimes slowing down to teach a child to learn how to bake seems overwhelming but all you need is a few extra minutes of preparation time & patience. It’s never too early to teach the foundation of sequential ordering of steps, fractions and a yummy end product! Follow these helpful steps to setting you & your little one up for baking success:
- Collect all ingredients called for in the recipe (muffins, cakes & biscuits are the easiest to execute with children)
- Gather the correct measuring cups & spoons
- Have two large bowls handy – one for dry ingredients & one for wet ingredients
*TIP: If you are baking in a classroom environment, keep an extra bowl on hand for dirty utensils that will not be reused – cleanup will be MUCH quicker!
- Follow the directions & read everything aloud as you measure the ingredients out so the child/children are able to learn the basic essentials of baking in a sequential steps of order both through audio & visual.
*TIP: When teaching children to bake, measure EVERY ingredient out exactly – help them learn the basic foundation of baking (fractions & mathematics).
*TIP: If you plan to do the activity out of the kitchen, place everything on a tray.
*TIP: To protect against cross contamination, use clean measuring utensils for each ingredient.
Little Genius Montessori offers extended care hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., full-time & part-time schedules are available. Also, integrating healthy, nutritional food choices into snacks & meals is an essential part of assisting proper growth for our children. Learn more about our programs here.