There are few better ways to bond with your children than in the kitchen. What is a better way to hangout and let loose than through baking up some of their favorite sweet treats. These moments will not only provide your family with tons of great memories, but will also give your kids some practical hands on baking experience. There is so much that can be learned from baking: time management, math, chemistry, etc.
In our house, we have a tradition this time of year – we will bake up some great treats, then pour a glass of eggnog and cuddle up on the couch to a holiday classic on Netflix.
Below are some simple recipe ideas that you can use with your little ones. Pending their age, they will have varying degrees of ability to help out. That said, kids can add a helping hand at any age. Just make sure to think it out and plan ahead for their specific roles. Throw these recipes in your search engine of choice to grab the full recipe.
- Snickerdoodles: Simple and classic cookie. Great fun for kids to make, and eat! Little kids will love rolling the balls of dough in cinnamon and sugar to help mom and dad put the finishing touches on before the adult puts them in the oven.
- Gingerbread: A holiday favorite. Use this recipe along with your favorite cookie cutters. Spend the afternoon decorating your cookies with homemade icing, and hand them out to friends and family. Your little ones will absolutely love decorating their own gingerbread people. Go a step further and make a gingerbread house. It is a really creative classic, that doesn’t have to be boring. Just be prepared as there will be a mess, but also a ton of laughs.
- Sugar cookies: Never have I met a kid that didn’t love a warm sugar cookie! Tons of fun to make, and a simple recipe to follow. Work with your kids to go through each step. Then once the cookies are completed, you can decorate them any which way you want! Add icing and shaved coconut, powdered sugar, dipped in chocolate. The choices are endless!
- Thumb-print Cookies: These delicious little cookies are easy to make with the younger kids. Let them be in charge of making the thumb-printing, and adding the jam to the center. There is sure to be a mess, and a lot of laughter.
There are a ton of options for baking with your kids. Do some digging around on Pinterest and find some that work best for the age range of your kids, and your specific tastes. Great memories are just waiting to be made!
Here are some of our favourite holiday movies that we are watching this season:
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