What can your child learn while baking?

The kitchen is the perfect place to teach your child important life lessons. Think about all the things you learn just while making cookies: that one cup is bigger than half a cup; that the mixing bowls are stacked in the cupboard; that sugar is sweet and oil is slick; and that the eggs are kept in the refrigerator while the sugar is kept in the pantry. Children can learn numeracy while baking: counting spoons, measuring quantities. They can also learn about how your body works, what is good for you and healthy, and what is not. They can learn about texture and tastes. 

This is more relevant for children with a visual impairment since sighted children can learn some of these things just by watching, but without hands-on guidance from you, how else will your child understand these simple facts?

Encourage your child to use spoons to measure the ingredients and count the numbers of spoon loud. Use hands to mix them, remember mess is fun!
The best part about kitchen learning is that everything is edible! It’s ok to feel the sugar with your hands and your mouth, and when we’re all done we have a delicious batch of cookies to enjoy with friends and family!

This is one of my favourite recipes for healthy cookies; I promise you won’t miss the sugar!

 A plate full of yummy spiced cookies

Spiced cookies:

• 50g/2oz porridge oats ( 5 tablespoon)
• 75g/3oz wholemeal flour, plus a little extra ( 8 tablespoon)
• pinch fine sea salt
• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
• ½ tsp ground mixed spice ( you can use your favourite spice)
• 75g/3oz baking spread, plus extra for greasing (use a vegetable version for vegan biscuits)
• 50g/2oz pear or apple spread/purée

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5 and grease and flour two baking sheets.
2. Mix together the oats, flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice.
3. Cream the margarine in a bowl and beat in the pear and apple spread/purée, a little at a time. Beat in the oat mixture.
4. Place walnut sized portions of the mixture on a baking sheet, leaving a space of about 5cm/2in round each one. Flatten them slightly, with a fork or better with the palm of a wee hand.
5. Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes or until they are beginning to turn golden. Leave the biscuits on the baking trays until they are cool and firm.
Enjoy your biscuits with milk!