This time of year brings out the baker in everyone—my oldest daughter has been helping since she was old enough to sit upright on the counter. Before you break out the butter, set a plan so you can all rejoice in mission accomplished and cozy up with a warm cup of cocoa to reward a day of baking fun. Here are some tips to make sure kids of all ages have a fun and safe time in the kitchen.
Ages 4 and younger
- Whisk together dry ingredients
- Spoon fillings into prepared pie crusts
- Adding pre-measured wet and dry ingredients to the mixer bowl
Ages 4 to 7 (in addition to the above activities)
- Crack eggs—this one takes practice, so use a separate bowl and check for shell fragments before adding to batters and doughs.
- Measuring or weighing ingredients
- Cut out rolled cookies
Ages 7 to 10
- Frost cupcakes & decorate with sprinkles
- Roll out pie crusts and cookie doughs
- Prepare batters that require just a whisk or wooden spoon, like one-bowl brownies
- Scoop cookie doughs onto prepared baking sheets
Kids of all ages can also help pack up your treats for gift giving. Cut various shapes from sturdy brown paper bags and let them color a holiday picture for an extra special trimming to your packages.