If youâ€™re trying to find good ways to spend more time with your kids, baking is a great option! Baking with your kids can be highly beneficial for everyone involved and it can include a variety of recipes or experiments. Today Iâ€™m going to tell you some of the benefits of baking with kids, as well as a great recipe to try together!
Benefits of Baking With Kids
Baking is actually educational, especially for younger kids. Youâ€™re working with some science concepts, math in measurements, increasing vocabulary, reading skills, and more. All of these are aiding your childâ€™s education and enhancing skills they need for school.
Spending positive time with your child improves family bonding and emotional bonding. Baking is a great way to have a little fun, spend time together, bond, and create something yummy. It can also improve bonding across siblings or an entire family if everyone gets involved!
Baking touches on important life skills in being heavily similar to cooking, which is a skill kids need to know for independence and future use. It helps them understand how recipes work, safety precautions in cooking or kitchen use, how the oven works, and other important items that help them later on in life.
When youâ€™re working with a recipe and with baking, you often have to pay close attention to what youâ€™re doing and not lose focus or you risk messing up the final product. Baking helps kids focus on something for longer periods of time, and with more practice their overall focus can improve greatly.
Improved Motor Skills
Things like measuring, rolling out dough, mixing, and other common actions in baking are all constantly working on childrenâ€™s fine motor skills which are important in many functions of life. For example, motor skills worked on in baking are also used for writing, typing, cutting with scissors, and more.
Have you ever considered or realized these benefits? Baking with children can be a great way to spend some time together, especially if anything Iâ€™ve said has sparked your interest. Hopefully, this inspires some of you to give it a try, or another try if you have before. If you are looking to bake with your kiddos, hereâ€™s a great recipe idea!
How to Make Carrot Cake Cookies with Kids
- 15oz Box Carrot Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
- 1/2 Crushed Walnuts
- 8oz Whipped Cream cheese
- 1 TBS Vanilla
- 2 Tsp Milk
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Empty Carrot Cake Mix into a large mixing bowl.
Pour in melted butter.
Crack two eggs and mix well.
Refrigerate for 1hr.
Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls.
Place on non-stick baking sheet or lay out a piece of parchment paper and place on top of that.
Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are set at 350 degrees.
While cookies are baking, pour powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla & butter into a bowl to make your frosting. Mix well.
Take cookies out of the oven and frost and sprinkle away.
Serve & enjoy!!!