Baking with toddlers (closed the last one because I'm an idiot)

posted 6 months ago in Cooking
Post # 2
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

My son is 14 months and Ive just started trying to cook and bake with him. This weekend I made banana muffins and gave him his own bowl and spoon with some mashed banana and applesauce (both ingredients I was using) and let him mix them and then eat it. It went pretty well! It’s a really easy recipe so a 19 month old might be able to help more.



Post # 4
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Not a specific recipe, but when my mum baked with us some of the things she used to do engage us at various ages included:

-have us stand at eye level with the glass measuring cup and watch the 1-cup line while she pours/spoons an ingredient into the cup, tell her when it reaches the 1-cup line

-have us sift the flour: for young kids, you hold the bowl and the sieve and she taps the bowl with the spoon or stirs the flour in the sieve until it goes through. An older kid can do the whole thing themselves.

-crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork

-She’d give us ingredients to smell for sensory engagement — e.g. vanilla, cinnamon

-use cookie cutters for gingerbread, sugar cookies or other rolled doughs

-decorate cookies with icing

-add decorations like sprinkles and m&ms to cakes

-stir batter with her (hand over hand for a  younger kid)

-turn on the oven light so we could watch things baking through the door and tell her if they were rising

Post # 5
751 posts
Busy bee

Start simple, we used to mix mashed fruits into yogurt and then put them into cupcake liners with a popsicle stick and freeze them. Or blend the mixtures up and let them use a sandwich bag to pipe dots onto a cookie sheet and freeze it for fun coloured ‘dots’ ice cream.

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