Does the holiday season inspire you to dust off the cake pans, fire up the oven and create something incredible? Whether you are an avid baker or just learning, the holidays are a great time to try your hand at some seasonal treats — and get your kids in on the action. And even if the simple thought of having miniature "helpers" in your kitchen makes you want to stick to cookies from the grocery store, we've got some ideas for you.
One of the biggest potential problems with holiday baking is the mess. Even if you didn't encourage your little ones to help you, there would still be a messy kitchen to clean up. Before you roll up your sleeves and start measuring, it helps to have a game plan.
To make holiday baking fun, pick the right tasks and recipes for every age group.
Have you ever met a toddler who didn't love a cookie? Even those who have food sensitivities or allergies love a sweet treat made just for them. Tasks that work for this age group are as follows:
When your kids are a little bit older, you can really ramp up their involvement in baking holiday treats. They are likely to be caught up in the holiday excitement, and baking just adds to the fun. Kids this age are good at the following tasks:
Not only do tweens love special holiday treats, but they love feeling like they have important responsibilities in the kitchen that their younger siblings don't have yet. Tweens would be good at the following tasks:
By the time your kids are teens, they are usually quite handy in the kitchen — if you can get them out of bed, that is. Teens may prefer to choose the holiday recipes they would like to make, or you could narrow it down to a few options and then let them choose. They should be able to run an entire recipe from start to finish, but they may want you to be available for any questions. Let them invite a few friends over for a holiday baking session, and then feel your heart swell (from the other room) at the sounds of them having a blast.
Try these recipes:
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