We love the idea of baking Christmas cookies and holiday favorites with our little ones, but the reality of cooking with kids in the kitchen? Not so much. It can be hectic and it’s definitely messy, but the kids love it and making memories like that is one of the best parts of the holidays. So here are some ways to make baking with kiddos more fun.
Prepare for the mess - Just accept that it will be messy and it’s okay because it can all be cleaned up. Keeping your cool when your three-year-old sprays flour all over when she turns the mixer on high is key, and so is having lots of paper towels handy.
Use kid-friendly tools - Use larger mixing bowls to help little bakers keep the ingredients stay inside better.
Don’t forget the sprinkles - Children are delighted when you add sprinkles to anything, so don’t run out of these holiday baking essentials.
Give kids fun titles - Instantly boost the fun factor by giving your little bakers titles like Queen of the Flour and Sir Egg Smasher.
Make it personal - Change the name of her favorite cookie recipe “Ella’s Special Sugar Cookies” or “Ethan’s Famous Fudge.”
Celebrate imperfection - Your mini kitchen helpers aren’t going to do everything exactly as you want them to, but don’t let that spoil the fun. Embrace the fun and forget about perfection.
Source: The Kitchn