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Make baking the favorite pastime for your little ones

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Never ending enthusiasm and curiosity are some of the greatest quirks of childhood. Children get attracted to everything new, and their urge to learn new things is higher. Engaging them in interesting activities is the best way to teach them new things and habits.

They see magic in everything around them- like a baking oven that turns dull dough to your favorite cookie. For these little wizards, baking can be a fun game with capes made of aprons and magic wands made of whisks.

Little kid using baking oven

Plus, engaging kids in activities like baking could assist their mental growth as it increases their sense of gratification and perseverance, according to experts.

Sana Nair, Founder and Head Chef of the bakery brand The Mellow Yellow Co and Kirti Singh, Founder of Bake Me, India's first ever baking kits for children and beginners, suggests tips on how baking can help your child's mental growth:

Kids baking

» Through baking, they are able to experiment with new flavors as well as learn about new ingredients by taste and smell. What they absolutely love, is decorating and frosting their own dessert, each one creating their own little masterpiece with colors, sprinkles and toppers.

» They can identify shapes and other fun activity through baking. There are various shapes of cookie cutters such as circle, square, triangle, you can let them use it and ask them what shape of cookies they have made. The same can be done for animal cookie cutter and the list is endless.

Kids cutting cookies

» Give them piping bags with frosting to write their name on the cake, or let them decorate the cake the way they want to. Let their imagination run wild.

» Through baking, children can learn about colors. Let them experiment what happens when they mix red with yellow, they will get orange color. It is fun yet it is educational.

Little chef with pizza

» Baking increases perseverance in them. The kids will learn hard work can result in something so yummy and rewarding. Also there will be times when the recipe doesn't turn out to be that great. It also helps a child to learn how to cope with disappointment, and the importance of trying again.

» Sense of gratification that one gets after stimulating kitchen activity will be visible on your child's face. It not only gives them a sense of gratification and achievement, but also helps strengthening the mother-child bond. Of course, not to forget the heaps of applause they'll get from their loved ones who will relish these goodies.

Kids baking

» Baking helps in understanding measurement and volume. Making a cake can teach kids how different amounts of substances (butter, sugar, flour) may weigh the same but have a different volume.

Find easy and delicious baking recipes for kids here

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