We’ve been inspired by the return of Bake Off and have been spending lots of time in the kitchen lately. Both Ollie and I have really enjoyed it. I love that as he’s getting older he’s able to do more grown up activities. I think baking is my favourite thing to do with him and here’s why:
Baking can really be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. It all depends on what you’re making and what ingredients you use. All the recipes I bake with the kids are very cheap as they only use a few basic ingredients. I buy all our baking staples such as flour, food colouring and baking powder at Aldi where they are really cheap. Fairy cakes, biscuits, rice crispy buns and even banana loaf are all very cheap and easy to make.
It’s A Great Rainy Day Activity
Rainy days are normally a nightmare in our house. Ollie has so much energy that entertaining him indoors all day can be a challenge. Baking is the only activity I’ve found that keeps him interested for a long time. I think he’s worked out at an early age that there’s a treat in it for him at the end!
Children Learn New Skills
Baking is a great way to introduce kitchen and life skills from a young age. From 18 months, Ollie has been helping me to bake. He started by passing me ingredients. Then he moved on to mixing, rolling and cutting.
It’s a great chance for toddlers to work on their fine motor skills. They also get to practice pouring, scooping, transferring and measuring. As they get older they can do more and more.
Ollie is recognising numbers now so I get him to point out the numbers on the weighing scales. He names the ingredients as they go in and decorates the finished product!
It Reminds Me Of My Childhood
When I was little I spent loads of time in the kitchen with my sister and my Mum or Nan. Our favourite thing to make was flapjack at my Nan’s house on a Saturday. We would always fight over who got to lick the spoon and who got the biggest slice but we had loads of fun. Baking with Ollie brings back really good memories from my childhood and I hope he’ll love it as much as me as he gets older.
It’s Great For Getting Kids To Communicate
Baking together is a good way to get your kids interacting and communicating with you. Ollie’s big bro often isn’t very chatty after a long day at school. Sometimes it’s hard to get more than a yes or no when you ask about his day and I’m sure a lot of parents can relate to that! But when we’re in the kitchen it’s a lot easier to get him to chat. I think it’s because it’s a fun, relaxing thing to do and chatting just comes naturally. It also keeps him off the iPod for an hour which is a bonus!
You Get A Treat Afterwards!
Is there any better reason to bake?!