Here are some ideas to combat those potential setbacks:
- Set aside extra time to bake. Think of this as any other play activity. Let it take as long as it takes!
- Plan for messes. Keep paper towels, washcloths, or sponges close at hand to quickly wipe up the messes. It's so much easier to clean up as you go so it's not so overwhelming when you're done.
- Making cooking a play activity takes a little extra prep, but it's worth it!
- Give your kids wiggle room. Let them practice pouring, scooping, stirring. You'll never know what they can do until you let them try.
I have to credit my husband with this, but since we started cooking with Sammi, she can now crack an egg, open it and dump the egg into a bowl. To top it off, she rarely gets any egg shells in with the egg. I know that the only reason she can do that at 2 1/2 years is because we trusted her enough to let her try. I cleaned a lot of egg up off the floor, but now she has a lot of confidence in her abilities and loves to cook.
If this is your first experience letting your child cook with you, I caution you to not expect it to go perfectly. It may not even go smoothly! But, if you remember that it's play and the process is the activity, then it can be a lot of fun. Your kids will be so excited to do something they've never done before, especially something they see you do all the time.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Crisco)
3/4 C (cup)Butter flavored Crisco shortening
1 1/4 C firmly packed light brown sugar
2 T (tablespoon) milk
1 T vanilla
1 3/4 C all purpose flour
1 t (teaspoon) salt
3/4 t baking soda
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
- Heat oven to 375° F.
- Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in bowl. Mix until well blended.
- Beat egg into creamed mixture.
- Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into creamed mixture.
- Stir in chocolate chips and pecan pieces.
- Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 min. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet 1-2 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet and place on cooling rack.
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