Whether you love having kids in the kitchen or the thought of baking with the kids fills you with fear, it’s a great time of the year to learn a few simple ways to make the endeavor simpler and more fun!
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Meet Raddish Kids
We spoke with Samantha from Raddish Kids to get her take on how to cook and bake with kids AND keep your sanity. It’s such a fun conversation and we hope that you’ll take a listen. Here are a few of the Raddish highlights that Samantha mentioned that might come in handy this month:
- Cook and Play Placemats: These fun new placemats help even little kids grasp the concept of making a recipe.
- Subscription Boxes: Each month, Raddish sends out a kit to subscribers that contains: A grocery list so you can easily shop for food supplies. A unique theme that embeds math, science, geography, culture, and history into a fun culinary lesson. Recipe guides, activity cards, collectible kitchen tools, and dinnertime conversation starters. New cooking techniques to learn. A new patch for the kid’s apron to show that they’ve mastered a new skill. And lot of opportunities to make memories together in the kitchen.
- Save on Membership! Listen to the episode to get your code to get 50% off of your first month’s subscription.
Top Tips for Sane Baking with Kids
Baking with kids in the kitchen can be a really fun activity filled with practical learning opportunities. But it can also be highly stressful since little kids aren’t always super patient and they can be unpredictable. Sam shared some of her favorite tips for making the time together more fun including:
- Don’t Try to Do Too Much: It’s okay if you keep the activity limited to one specific step.
- Do Just Part of a Recipe Together: There’s no rule that says that you have to do an entire recipe together and in fact, shorter bursts of activity may work better with their attention spans.
- Share Stories: Be sure to talk about why you’re making the recipes your making to pass along those food traditions.
- Expect it to Take Longer: If you’re in a rush, that is not the time to get the kids involved. Include them when you have more time to set up, do the actual cooking/baking/decorating together, and for clean up.
- Let the Kids Do Some Things Independently: While a little one may need some help cracking an egg, they can stir by themselves. Just set them up for success by giving them a bowl that’s much bigger than you’d usually use (to allow for more vigorous mixing!) and letting them stay safe in a learning tower.
Easy Recipes to Bake with the Kids
At this time of the year when cookie baking is all the rage, I like these recipes since they are easy, fun, and are a sweet treat to share with the kids at the end of the baking activity.
- Healthy Sugar Cookies
- Lower Sugar Gingerbread Cookies
- No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies
- Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Favorite Kid’s Cooking Tools and Knives
If you’re looking for some kid’s cooking tools to make cooking and baking with the kids a little easier for those smaller hands, I put together a list of all of my favorites—which includes a crinkle cutter for slicing, and a big set of mixing bowls.
Best Learning Towers and Stools
Bringing the kids up to counter or table height can make it so much easier for them to cook and bake with you without you having to worry that they’ll fall the moment you step more than a foot away. My favorite way to keep kids in the kitchen safe is to invest in a learning tower or kitchen helper. Here are my favorite learning towers for all budgets.
Links from the Episode
In this podcast episode we also talked about:
- Toddler Portion Sizes: Remember that toddler portion sizes are very small.
- Hunger is Variable: It’s okay if your kids eat more or less than you expect since their hunger can vary within a wide, but normal, range.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this podcast episode, so please comment below or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you have feedback on meal planning or have a general feeding kids question for us, we’d love to hear from you!