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Benefits of baking for kids

Exam is over, test is over! Very soon, school is over too (this week is the last week of school, woo hoo)! The first thing that the smarties requested to do is to bake. We love baking. We love how  therapeutic it is and how we can spend the time together chit chatting and learning while making the food we love to eat. What are the real benefits in baking for kids? Psst…is beneficial for adults too 😉

1. Mindfulness
Whenever cooking or baking with kids, I always make it a point to use simple recipe because my main purpose is to draw their attention from anything else to  the kitchen table.

I made it simple because it reduces/minimises the chance of frustration. Paying attention to weighing the ingredients and measuring the ingredients actually has a calming effect because you can’t think of anything else except to focus on making sure the ingredients are in the correct measurements.

Smarties were aware that both of them are involved in making the cookies and they took turn to perform each tasks. They understand they have to work together.
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2. Confidence builder
Being able to control what and when to add the ingredients and making decisions on how things should be done can indirectly build their confidence level. After the dough was out, the smarties were free to decide the shapes of the cookies that they wanted to bake.

They decide how they wanted the cookies to be decorated. They decide what to add onto the cookies to make it look more appealing and, of course, to taste better.
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3. Communication
As mentioned earlier, we love to bake because we get to spend quality time together (no tv, no iPhone, no gadget, just cookie dough and us). We chit chat, we laughed, we joked, we did lots of talking while we were in the process of baking. Hey, that’s one of the steps on building healthy relationships between parent and child!

** WARNING: Saliva may appear in the cookies. DO NOT distribute your baked products to anyone else unless that person doesn’t mind 😉

4. Activate the senses
Smarties got to see, feel, smell, hear and taste throughout the process. All 5 senses are being stimulated during the baking session. They see the ingredients and the measurements. They feel the ingredients and later on feel the dough while shaping the cookies. They hear the sound of the blender. Finally they get to taste the cookies once it is done baking.
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5. Build creativity
Smarties get to design their cookies the way they want it. From there, you can see what they can come out with and how imaginative they can be. Being able to express freely through cookie decoration and design can boost the well-being of a person.

Check out the cookies that smarties made. It came in all shapes and sizes! We had angry bird, mama worms with many baby worms and baymax too!
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Finally, baking is sooooo much fun! Who still wants to resist baking?

 

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I am a busy mummy of 2 wonderful kids. Their thirst for learning has made me busy researching and making learning resources/materials for them. Most of the time will be according to the topics that they have requested. Otherwise, I will randomly pick a topic and create the materials for them. Most of the time, the materials will include right brain training as well. From them, I get to learn a lot too! However, material preparation is quite a challenge! It will even be more challenging if you are a working parent! Here, I would love to share what we have done and hope busy parents out there will find our materials useful for their little one. If you have any queries/comments or if you have any topics that you would like to cover with your little one(s), do drop me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can :) Our mission is to find, discover and reveal the fun of kids learning! Drop us a message if you are interested in any of our materials. Let's make learning fun!

16 thoughts on “Benefits of baking for kids

  1. hahahaha Baymax is too cute~ ahhh I wouldn’t eat the worms though hahaha I’ve always thought about baking w the kids but I never quite gotten down to it. Lots of work! and the cleaning up! but i think my kids will enjoy it very much.

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  2. I love baking with Noah too! I think it’s a great way to bond with him, and he really enjoys helping me with simpler tasks like cracking the eggs and sifting the flour. Helps build his confidence while improving his motor skills! 😉

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  3. It definitely is very interesting, Aayan and Kaira love to bake and every time I will bake anything they will be there standing in the kitchen to do all the steps. One will beat the egg and other one add flour. It surely increases their confidence and they are so happy to show their creation to dad.

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  4. The Angry Bird is so cute! I had to take a second look at it to make out the eyebrows and eyes, haha! I didn’t give much thought about baking with my kids (apart from the fun factor), adding it to my to-do list with them this holidays 😀

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