The following pictures show what Tyler's "jobs" were when baking this week. Not pictured is Tyler helping me measure out ingredients (it's hard to take photos while we do that!) and I just don't let him crack eggs. Raw egg just makes me too nervous right now! So far we've made Spritz Cookies and Brown Sugar Christmas Cookies and will make and decorate traditional cut-out cookies later in the week. My plan was to have Tyler help me give many of them away to friends and neighbors, but Ty has come down with a cold and I'm quite stuffy myself; I don't think anyone wants our potentially tainted cookies. I have no idea what we'll do with them all!
Pouring dry ingredients
Pouring wet ingredients
Packing brown sugar
Scooping shortening from the measuring cup into the bowl
Pouring some yummy treats into the batter!
Though the batter was too thick for him to stir, it was interesting for him to feel how thick it had become.
Pushing the buttons on the cookie press
Decorating! I can't wait to let him decorate cut-out cookies soon!
So what has Tyler learned from baking cookies?
Following Instructions: I read aloud from the cook book which I kept in front of both of us, tracing my finger along as I read. I talked about how we had to read the recipe and follow the instructions to make our cookies, also showing him pictures of the end result we were working for.
Mathematics: We counted constantly as we poured a certain number of cups or spoonfuls and we also counted as we placed each cookie onto the baking sheets. I talked about each measurement, announcing what size cup or teaspoon we were filling. I also used smaller sizes that required us to use, for example, two 1/2 cups to make 1 cup or four 1/4 tsp to make1 tsp. and talked a bit about that as we went along.
Cooking Science: Tyler naturally learned that putting several ingredients together in a certain way can create something else. A yummy something else too!
Vocabulary: Ty added many more words to his vocabulary as well such as "flour", "teaspoon" and "mixer".
Relationship Building: As I quickly discovered, baking with kids is such a great bonding experience! Traditions like this are often carried on to the next generation and carry warm memories for life.
Confidence and Independence: If a child can go from a bunch of ingredients on the counter to something that the whole family can happily eat with as little help as possible, that feels really good! Tyler seems awfully proud after meals when we get to eat one of the delicious cookies he had such a hand in creating!