Warning…this post contains some adorable pictures! Evie tried baking for the first time yesterday. It was so messy but such a giggle. We went to hobby craft in the morning just to get a few bits for our craft box and I ended up being swept up, as you do in hobby craft, by several things not on my shopping list including a kids first baking kit.
This set was just too cute to leave behind. It came with this super adorable chefs hat and apron, some mini cookie cutters, a spoon, bowl and rolling pin. It was £10, which I know is quite expensive, but I think it’s worth it for the hat and apron which is big enough to last until Evie’s at least in school.
We made some basic fairy cakes but I wasn’t expecting to actually get anything edible out of our play. We mixed 100g granulated sugar and 100g flour with 2 eggs and some butter. I added a pinch of cinnamon in as well to make it smell nice. Cue some adorable pictures…
Evie mixed up the flour and sprinkled it all over the table, the floor and Mummy. Then things got really interesting when we added the butter and eggs. Evie loved mixing the contents of the bowl, but was really shocked when she put her hands in and felt the really gooey consistency of the cake mix. She really didn’t like the texture of the mix on her hand at first and frantically shook it off. It went everywhere, the floor, the cupboard doors, on Mummy (again) and on Evie. She cried to have her hands washed but when I put her back down on the floor after drying them, she dived her hand straight back in the bowl and started to giggle.
We spent a long time playing with the mix before putting them in the oven to bake. I was so shocked that they actually rose and were really light and fluffy! Although we stupidly made very little cake mix for very big cake cases so there wasn’t much in each! Evie was chief taste tester and gave them her seal of approval. They actually tasted quite nice.
I really enjoyed how much Evie got involved in baking and how much she loved playing in the kitchen. When I made dinner that evening, she kept trying to show an interest, so from now on I’m actively going to try and include her in cooking her own dinner. Hopefully that might make her a lot less fussy when it comes to eating. Although, it’ll make my kitchen a lot more messy!
Have you baked with your toddler yet? What things have you made? Do you let them help with dinner?
Check out our playtime section for some messy play inspiration.