A lot of parents dread a weather report of a rainy day. Or a snow day. Any time there’s a day that means not being able to go outside to play, the sharp intake of breath from mothers across the world is heard. Well, that’s a little dramatic, but a day that requires us to stay cooped up indoors is usually a day to get creative. It can be boring to stay inside the four walls of the home. Without the adventure of heading out to the park or the local beach or wildlife area, it is much harder to burn off energy and give the kids a chance to let off a little steam. This is the best thing though, and say it with me – it doesn’t have to be boring!
Do you know what kids love the most? You. Time with you. Spending their days with you. And while it can be tedious (yes, really) to play the same games on repeat, it’s also magical for them. So how about you occupy their hands and their minds by teaching them to bake. It’s a simple thing really, to walk them through the steps of ingredients and show them how what looks like nothing can become something. Simple, but the pride they will feel in themselves and the pride you will have for their creativity will resonate and it will be remembered long after the last cookie crumbles. If you do have children and a love of baking, you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment. If you don’t, you should head on over to http://mixitbakeit.com/compare-kitchen-aid-stand-mixers/ to compare some of the best equipment around.
Obviously, you’ll need some ingredients but the best part about baking with the kids is the pre-baking shopping trip that you take for them to help you choose the ingredients. Not only can you listen to the wonderfully whacky ideas the kids have for what they’d like to make, you can turn it into a learning opportunity and teach them about the ingredients and where each component comes from. This will make the shopping trip fun and encapsulate the beginning of the baking experience. Purchase some children’s aprons and if you head to certain stores you can even buy child sized mixing bowls and rolling pins. If you are a perfectionist when it comes to baking your own cakes and biscuits, it’s time to pull up the big girl pants and bite that tongue. Yes, egg shell may fall into the batter. Yes, the milk may end up all over the table along with the flour. But getting messy is half the fun with children and helping them create doesn’t have to be perfect or clean.
Imagination takes a lot of nurturing and by going ahead with a baking project, you’re going to end up with an afternoon of laughter, excitement and colour with some exceedingly good treats to eat afterwards. It’s a win-win situation to be in all round!