BAKING WITH A TODDLER

BAKING WITH A TODDLER

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.

BAKING WITH A TODDLER

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

BAKING

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.

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51 Comments

  1. August 12, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Aw, how cute! baking with children can be very messy, but so worth it. Looks like she loved it!

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      It was so messy. It was really nice just to chill out for once (I am a bit of a clean freak) and get messy too. 🙂 x

  2. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    August 12, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Love those photos! Evie is definitely very cute! Great she loved making and then eating her baking. I am very enthusiastic when it comes to children and cooking, as you probably know. I hope she continues to have fun in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing #KidsCorner

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Aww thank you so much. You definitely inspired me to start cooking with Evie. Every night now when I make her dinner I’ve been having her contribute. We’re going to get a little herb garden soon. 🙂 Thank you so much for the inspiration. xx=

  3. August 14, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Love baking with my girls, they tend to want to get it all out of the way very quickly so they can get to their favourite part scraping the mixture out of the bowl! It does make one of the best photo opportunities too.

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:24 pm

      I can’t wait till Evie’s at the age where she can do that too. That’s so cute! I bet you have some very messy faces in your photos!:-) x

  4. August 14, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Wow that is so adorable! Love the photos. The hat and apron are lovely #kidscorner

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much! They’re so sweet! 🙂 A great excuse to do more baking. x

  5. August 14, 2015 / 9:28 am

    That is probably the most adorable chef I’ve ever seen! Love the hat and apron! I tried baking with Emma the other day but she just wanted to eat everything and didn’t like the mess. I’ll definitely try again though 🙂 #PicknMix

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:26 pm

      Luckily I caught Evie after a nap and she’d been fed! I think that’s the only reason she was so interested. I should have snapped a picture of my kitchen because it was so messy! 🙂 Emma’s the same age as Evie by the looks of it. I think this is definitely something more for older children, but it’s a fun messy play idea that’s for sure 🙂 x

  6. August 14, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Oh, this is just adorable. Those pictures are so cute. It’s funny how all the ‘baking with my child’ posts appear during the Great British Bake Off, isn’t it? 😉 #picknmix

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Haha I love the bake off. Definitely slightly influenced by it! 🙂 x

  7. August 14, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Oh how cute! I love the little chef hat! We love baking in our home! It really is one of favourite things to do as mother and daughter when i’m well enough! thanks for sharing! Love the cupcake cases too! Pink is cute!

    Angela from daysinbed xx

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      It’s such a lovely activity isn’t it and it fills your home with such delicious, yummy smells! x

  8. August 14, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Oh I forget to say I’m visiting from #Picknmix linky! Angela xx

  9. August 14, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    You’re right she does look adorable! I got my kids cooking really young, and they both still love it now. I think it also really helps if you have a fussy eater, in my experience kids are much happier to try things when they know exactly whats gone into it. I believe its one of the most important skills you can pass on to your child, and its something I’ll always be grateful to my Mother for x #picknmix

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      I have a really fussy eater at the moment so I really hope this will help. It’s good to hear that it’s worked on your little ones. i was never taught to cook and my other half is a chef. I wish I was taught from a young age so he’s going to teach both me and Evie to make delicious things. 🙂 You’re right, it’s a life skill all children need. x

  10. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    August 14, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    Very cute! I must try something like this soon! #picknmix

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Just don’t forget to put down a sheet or matt! It gets very messy. Flour + babies = eek! x

  11. August 15, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Cuteness overload 🙂 loving the idea, I should try this too 🙂 and I will, once we get our new kitchen in!

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      😀 Ohhh good luck with your new kitchen! That sounds really exciting. You must blog it when it’s done! 😀 x

  12. August 15, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Oh that little hat and apron are almost as gorgeously cute as the little miss wearing them 🙂 Love this post, thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie xx

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much. 🙂 I do love your new linky. I’m glad it’s going so well. x

  13. You Baby Me Mummy
    August 17, 2015 / 7:36 am

    Ah she looks so cute in her little hat and apron x

  14. August 17, 2015 / 7:13 am

    that is just adorable! So cute. Cupcakes look yummy! Loving her dress, gorgeous! x

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much Beth. They were surprisingly tasty for a first attempt. 😀 x

  15. August 17, 2015 / 9:17 am

    soo cute lol I cant wait till my grandkids are big enough to bake lol

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:07 pm

      oh you’ll have so much fun when they are! 😀 x

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you Fiona. Cooking is in her blood! Her daddy and uncle are chefs! 🙂 x

  16. Maria
    August 18, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    I adore cooking with my two, 10 and 4. So much so that I now make a living out of cooking with toddlers.

    Our own favourites are coats of oats (is it a cake, is it a biscuit?)

    My 10 year old cooked his first meal for us about 10 months ago,and my 4 yr old has been peeling vegetables about 18 months.

    I definitely believe that the earlier they start to cook, a greater appreciation they will have for food.

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Oh wow how cool that you make a living from it. I agree that it’ll help them have a greater appreciation of food and where it comes from. That’s amazing that she could peel vegetables at 18 months old! 😀 x

  17. August 18, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Aww I love this so much, too, too cute! I love that she got so involved. I’m popping over from #ToddlerApprovedTuesday but I also run a baking linky, I would love you to link this up to #SundaySweets

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much! Ohh I’ll definitely link this up this Sunday. Thank you for letting me know. x

  18. August 18, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Oh my goodness she looks so cute! glad you had fun baking we love bit of baking in this house! Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much for hosting and your lovely comment! Baking must be so much fun in your house with all your little ones! 😀 x

  19. August 18, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Adorable is not the word for this – soooo cute. I always do the same in hobbycraft the place is really dangerous! Imagine all the lovely backing sessions in front of you 🙂 xx #Toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Awww thank you so much. I can’t wait to do more baking. Oh my hobby craft is so dangerous! I’m glad i’m not the only one that gets caught up in there haha. My other half refuses to come with me because a quick ‘i’m just popping in’ turns into a big bill! x

  20. Jenny
    August 18, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Aww, they are adorable photos! She looks so cute in her chef’s outfit! Well done Evie on your first baking fun! I must let A join in with O and I sometime soon. 🙂 x

    • August 20, 2015 / 10:04 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I can imagine two together would be very messy! But double the baking fun! 😀 x

  21. August 21, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Aww how cute does she look! I used to take Finlay to little cookery classes when he was little and he loved them. They were a bit like the programme on cbeebies. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

    • August 22, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Oh wow I wish that we had little cookery classes down here. I’d love to go to something like that. x

  22. August 25, 2015 / 4:12 am

    Baking is so great with little ones isn’t it. Super cut set too!

    Thanks for linking to #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s so much fun. 🙂 x

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