Experts have proven that children learn much easier if all of their senses are stimulated. Baking is a great way to stimulate your child’s senses while having loads of fun. Toby Tower encourages parents to start a "Baking Day" with their children. This is a day when you can bake anything from bread to biscuits and cakes.
The benefits of baking with your children are far greater than they may seem. Some of these include:
- Learning maths while measuring and weighing
- Learning to read
- Learning about different ingredients
- Learning about their senses
- Developing their fine motor skills
Below is a tasty recipe to start your "Baking Day".
- 200g Butter
- 1 cup soft brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups coconut
- 5 cups cornflakes (Lightly crushed)
- Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet. Place butter and sugar in a saucepan, warm over gentle heat until butter melts.
- Allow to cool slightly, and then beat in eggs with a wooden spoon. Add the coconut and cornflakes and stir until well mixed.
- Drop tablespoonfuls of mixture onto baking tray and then bake at 180 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Remove and place on cooling rack.
* Recipe was submitted by Robyn Lynch
While you bake, you can teach your children about their senses:
- Sense of sight: This happens throughout the baking process. Cut your biscuits into creative shapes for more fun.
- Sense of sound: The sound of a wooden spoon on a ceramic bowl is totally different to a metal spoon on the same ceramic bowl.
- Sense of smell: Smell the different ingredients. Smell the aroma that comes out of the oven while baking.
- Sense of taste: Taste the difference between raw ingredients (like cookie dough) and cooked ingredients (yummy baked treats).
- Sense of touch: Flour feels soft, sugar feels rough and the butter is slippery.