Sure its messy.
With toddlers it can be really messy, but there is one thing I know: my kids love to help out in the kitchen and by helping me out, we spend quality time together talking, laughing and learning.
Yes, it takes twice as long to make something and clean up is twice the work, but it’s worth every moment!
My mom gave me these leaf cookie cutters and I’ve been waiting all year to use them.
So I mixed up my favorite sugar cookie recipe:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 t vanilla
and we rolled up our sleeves and rolled out the chilled dough. Both my boys got a chance to roll it out.
Then we cut the leaves and acorn out of the sweet dough (random testing of said dough may or may not have occurred throughout the process)…
…and we carefully placed the baking racks in the mud room to chill once again before baking.
Into the oven they went and came out golden brown
In the meantime I mixed up some simple icing. There are no measurements for what I do, I just mix in enough powdered sugar with water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until it’s thick and then add food coloring.
I had hoped for orange, green and brown….but it turned out to be salmon, teal…..and brownish-blue. Whatever.
The boys helped with the icing…..and tasted copious amounts of it to “make sure it was good”.
And the whole thing was a complete mess.
And a lot of fun!
Afterward we had a tea time to test out our delectable creations (and pretended we’d not been testing them out all along the way).
Do you bake with your kids?
What is their favorite kitchen creation?
This post is day 28 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.