My kids really enjoy helping me in the kitchen. They are happy to help with any project but I know that their favorite is baking. I am sure this is mostly because they know baking usually leads to a sweet treat but I am using this chance to teach them skills that will stay with them life long.
I started baking with my mom when I was barely old enough to walk. Baking was a huge thing in my family. We baked something at least once a week. My favorite thing to make with my mom was chocolate chip cookies. She always waited to add the eggs till all of us got a taste of the dough. That is one memory I am very fond of.
My kids on the other hand like making cakes and cupcakes more then anything else. I always let them help with the mixing, frosting and decorating. I have even let them frost and decorate a cake all by themselves. They loved it. My youngest recently turned one and the kids helped me make the cupcakes for her party.
I use the time we spend baking together as math lessons, reading lessons, cooking lesson and just spending time with them. I want my kids to feel like I go out of my way to involve them. I want them to be included and know I enjoy being with them. After all I was the one that wanted to be a stay at home mom and I know I need to make the most of the time I have with my kids in their early childhood.
Since we do spend a lot of time baking, we always sign up to bring baked goods to different events. Whenever the church needs cookies brought, pies made or snacks for an event, we sign up. Each year the church does a big bake sale to raise money for kids camp. I make peanut butter pies each year, they sell well, are easy to make and the kids are able to help me put them together. Not only did they have fun making them but then they also went to the pie auction with me and watched how much the pies we donated sold for. They were really proud of themselves for helping the church.
I know that baking with my parents is what gave me the love for it I have now. I hope that the memories I am making with my kids will last a lifetime and they will want to continue the baking tradition with their own kids one day.