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Benefits of baking for kids

Benefits of baking for kids

Exam is over, test is over! Very soon, school is over too (this week is the last week of school, woo hoo)! The first thing that the smarties requested to do is to bake. We love baking. We love how  therapeutic it is and how we can spend the time together chit chatting and learning while making the food we love to eat. What are the real benefits in baking for kids? Psst…is beneficial for adults too 😉

1. Mindfulness
Whenever cooking or baking with kids, I always make it a point to use simple recipe because my main purpose is to draw their attention from anything else to  the kitchen table.

I made it simple because it reduces/minimises the chance of frustration. Paying attention to weighing the ingredients and measuring the ingredients actually has a calming effect because you can’t think of anything else except to focus on making sure the ingredients are in the correct measurements.

Smarties were aware that both of them are involved in making the cookies and they took turn to perform each tasks. They understand they have to work together.
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2. Confidence builder
Being able to control what and when to add the ingredients and making decisions on how things should be done can indirectly build their confidence level. After the dough was out, the smarties were free to decide the shapes of the cookies that they wanted to bake.

They decide how they wanted the cookies to be decorated. They decide what to add onto the cookies to make it look more appealing and, of course, to taste better.
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3. Communication
As mentioned earlier, we love to bake because we get to spend quality time together (no tv, no iPhone, no gadget, just cookie dough and us). We chit chat, we laughed, we joked, we did lots of talking while we were in the process of baking. Hey, that’s one of the steps on building healthy relationships between parent and child!

** WARNING: Saliva may appear in the cookies. DO NOT distribute your baked products to anyone else unless that person doesn’t mind 😉

4. Activate the senses
Smarties got to see, feel, smell, hear and taste throughout the process. All 5 senses are being stimulated during the baking session. They see the ingredients and the measurements. They feel the ingredients and later on feel the dough while shaping the cookies. They hear the sound of the blender. Finally they get to taste the cookies once it is done baking.
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5. Build creativity
Smarties get to design their cookies the way they want it. From there, you can see what they can come out with and how imaginative they can be. Being able to express freely through cookie decoration and design can boost the well-being of a person.

Check out the cookies that smarties made. It came in all shapes and sizes! We had angry bird, mama worms with many baby worms and baymax too!
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Finally, baking is sooooo much fun! Who still wants to resist baking?

 

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