Baking is a wonderful activity to do with a young child. Not only is it a way to spend quality time together, it can be turned into a learning experience. My five-year-old daughter enjoys baking so much that when she asks to watch videos, she wants them to be about baking and cake decorating. Here are six kitchen essentials that allow for a fun baking-with-children experience.
Mini Cupcake Pan
Anything that can bring baking down to her size and make it more manageable is essential. I chose a mini cupcake pan over a regular size pan, because it allows us to make more treats and requires less icing per cupcake. When she puts the batter into pan, the mini cupcake pan allows her to use a spoon and she has more control and ease.
Fun cookie cutter shapes are a must for baking cookies with kids. I like the hard plastic cutters with the handle on top so my daughter can cut the dough easily. We use cookie cutters based on seasons and there are different inexpensive options available.
Cooking with a preschooler can get a little messy. We use parchment paper to line our cabinets when rolling dough and working with flour. The paper helps with sticky dough and no-bake cookies.
The wipe-off apron is another must for being prepared for cooking messes. My daughter enjoys wearing it because she feels more like a baker while I like being able to clean it easily after our baking project. I don’t have to worry about putting it in the laundry but can clean it with a little soap and water in the sink.
Silicone Basting Brush
While not an essential tool in baking, when I am cooking with my child the silicone basting brush is a great tool. I bought two from a local Pampered Chef Consultant, one I use when cooking meat and another for baking. It looks similar to a paintbrush which my daughter calls it. Whenever I need a pan greased or buttered, or if we are spreading a glaze she can easily do that with the brush. All I have to do is give her the instructions, “paint the inside of the pan” or “paint the cake” and she does it with no problem.