Baking with children helps develop their skills and provides a fun activity to carry out.
Having a strong belief in children learning to cook i was excited to try the Messy Me baking set at home.
Messy Me is a family owned business based in Farnham inspired by the founders experiences as a mum with 3 little ones who loved making a mess!
Words in a pretty font that say - Messy Me Stylish products made for mess.
The words are written in grey and gently curve up and down the space.
The kit comes in a handy canvas bag with a lovely wipe clean apron with a variety of designs to choose from, a trio of cutters, rolling pin and sprinkles for decoration.
There are care instructions on how to clean and look after the equipment.
Perfect for mini bakers and biscuit makers!
What is great about this set is having the equipment on hand ready to go and everything comes in child friendly sizes.
You just need to add the ingredients.
Flat lay of Messy-Me small canvas bag with a folded red wipe clean apron with white stars on and a wooden rolling pin poking out the top. A bag of rainbow colour sprinkles, a recipe sheet and a set of star biscuit cutters are artfully arranged in the picture.
Baking doesn't need to be challenging, there are lots of fun simple recipes to try.
We chose a simple recipe to make orange shortbread and set off exploring the items in the bag.
Model mouse wearing red dungarees, blue
and white stripe top and a red with white spot
handkerchief on his head flipping pancakes from
a pan on his left to a plate of stacked pancakes
on his right.
Three mouse children watch him intently.
Plus 15 minutes chilling
Easy to double
100g butter , softened
50g golden caster sugar
grated zest ½ orange
175g gluten-free flour (try Doves Farm)
½ tsp gluten-free baking powder (we used Supercook)
Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Lightly oil a baking sheet. Beat the butter, then cream it with the sugar and orange zest until light. Stir in the flour and baking powder and mix together to form a dough.
Divide the mixture into 10 balls, arrange on a baking sheet. Press each ball fl at with the tip of a round-bladed knife. Chill for 15 mins, then bake for 12-15 mins until light golden. Leave on the baking sheet for 2 mins before releasing with a palette knife. Slide onto a rack to cool. Will keep stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
The recipe for our orange shortbread came from BBC good food recipes
Carla age 5 kneels up on a grey dining room chair and rolls dough on a light wooden table with a light wooden rolling pin. She is wearing a wipe clean grey apron with bunches of small red and pink flowers on. She has a printed recipe on her left with star biscuit cutters on top. There is a look of avid concentration on her face.
Cooking and baking can help children learn and practice some basic maths concepts and build language skills.
Baking can give your child lots of opportunity to develop and use both hands together in a coordinated way.
Rolling balls of dough, rolling out dough with a rolling pin, and flattening dough with the hands are all great ways of letting kids practice their bilateral coordination skills.
From riding a tricycle to getting dressed, our little ones are learning how much they can do all by themselves. Like this shortbread recipe we tried, find cooking-related activities that your child can successfully complete independently or with a minimum of involvement from you.
Simple tasks like pouring liquid into the bowl, sprinkling cheese on top of the casserole, or using cookie cutters are a good fit for most young children. Don't plan an elaborate project — 5 to 10 minutes might be all your child wants to spend on an activity. Start small and keep it fun. As your children grow, they will develop the skills, attention span, and interest to do bigger cooking jobs, like squeezing the juice out of a lemon, measuring ingredients into cups and spoons, and beating eggs or mashing potatoes. Children enjoy learning with us. For safety reasons, you should be in the kitchen with them at all times. Spending time in the kitchen with your children can bring us closer and foster an interest in food and cooking that will last for life!
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