Baking with the children

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BRING creativity and fun to the kitchen by letting your child bake their own cookies.

Activity time: 60 minutes

This activity will not only provide for hours of fun, it will also keep your tot busy while you prepare your own meal.

Prepare a basic cookie dough using this recipe.

Older children can even be taught to follow a recipe themselves, with your help. Draw measurements of each ingredient on a card for your child to follow, for example, draw two spoons of sugar, one cup of milk, etc

Buy a variety of cookie cutters and sprinkles to keep little hands busy

Let your child decorate the dough with sprinkles before baking or with icing afterwards.

Teach them how to set a timer, but assist with the task of putting the cookies in the oven

Did you know that baking introduces­ your child to mathematical concepts like volume and counting, while icing the cookies gives the young one’s fine motor skills a good workout.

Bring water to the boil in a small saucepan. Add icing sugar until the mixture is of the desired consistency. You can also add corn syrup.

· 1 cup sugar

· 125g butter

· 1 egg

· 30ml milk

· ½ tsp vanilla essence

· 625 ml cake flour

· 2 tsp baking soda

· ½ tsp salt

Mix the sugar and the butter together and add the egg, milk and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and fold in. Refrigerate dough for an hour. Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake for 10 minutes at 180°C.

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