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The joys of baking with children

The joys of baking with children

by Becky Goddard-Hill 17 July 2015

How often do you bake with your children? Do you get the urge to turn to ready made cakes or biscuits? Becky argues that baking at home with the kids is not only a wonderful learning experience, but also a real money-saving activity as well.

Becky Goddard-Hill is a mum of two, a parenting author and blogger. She strongly believes that you can have lots of fun without spending lots of money.

I was going to write a post about cooking with your children to save money. I was going to show how we made soup out of our leftovers (but my 5 year old wasn’t keen on making soup). I was going to show how we make double portions and freeze so as not to waste food about to go past its sell by date. But no. She just wanted to make sweet treats (as per usual!) Baking is where it’s at for my little girl and the sweeter the better as far as she is concerned. Baking is fine with me. I am completely convinced baking is a money saving activity despite the fact you can buy cheap cake and biscuits from any supermarket. Let me tell you why…

Baking is free fun

It is a great activity to do with your kids that doesn’t require petrol, you reaching for your purse or sustaining snacks. They eat as a result of their activity and you don’t need to leave the house. Perfect. Compared to the cost of entertaining a child on a rainy day at soft play/swimming baking is a very cheap activity and it has an end product.

Baking can make wonderful gifts

As birthday gifts go, you could buy Granny an expensive toiletry set she really doesn’t need, or your child could bake her favourite cookies. Cookies made with love and effort win every time and cost far less.

Teaching life skills

I don’t know about you, but I pay for my kids to be taught to swim, play football and tennis. Some friends of mine pay for their kids to go to little cooking classes. Simple baking is easily done at home. With easy recipes, you and your child can just follow the instructions step by step - this morning we made easy fairy cakes. I am now doing the teaching rather than paying for it and it really is a skill for life.

Good value

Whilst you can buy cheap biscuits and cakes, homemade ones do taste better and you know exactly what is inside them. For such good quality and that homemade taste, you would pay more than it costs to bake them. It goes without saying that the pride they feel is priceless too. (I have to say I delight in them making and baking and feel truly delighted I have passed on skills my mum and her dad passed on. Wonderful).

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My son has been reluctant to bake for a while now, I am not sure why but it is something I want to remedy. I just have to try and find out what he would most like to make I guess.

I would love to know if you bake with your kids. Do you feel it saves money or do you think it’s far cheaper to shop for what you need? I do admit when a bottle of milk hit the floor a few weeks ago I did think enough! But that’s just part of the process I guess.

In conclusion, in my opinion for the gifts, the fun activity, the skills taught and the good value of the end products, you cannot beat cooking with kids.

For more kids recipes including some great baking ideas, visit our kids recipes collection.

 
 
 

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