The holidays are a nice time to relax and spend time with family. But they can also be an opportunity to keep kids engaged in learning during winter break.
Baking is a fun and easy way for kids to practice teamwork, patience and responsibility, as well as apply literacy and math skills learned in school.
Depending on the age and maturity level of your child(ren), decide whether to be an active participant in the kitchen or an observer, allowing them to take the reins. Before you begin, make sure to cover basic kitchen safety such as stove and oven heat, cutting techniques and knife safety and proper clothing.
There are a wide variety of kid-friendly recipes out there but choosing a simple cookie or brownie recipe is a good place to start. During the baking process, talk to your child(ren) about the skills needed to bake—patience, precision, math and reading.
Parental involvement in a student’s life both in and out of school is crucial to his or her development. Research shows that students who have parents or guardians who take an active role in their lives often have improved academic performance and behavior, as well as higher graduation rates.
While baking can be a great learning tool, don’t forget the fun! Let kids’ creativity shine during the cookie decorating or by allowing them to add some of their favorite treats to the recipe (hello, sprinkles!). It’s also a great way to learn trial and error.
Baking is just one of many activities that serves multiple purposes for both kids and parents. Enjoy!