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Put on your aprons and start baking!

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".

Cornflake Crunchies:
Ingredients
  • 200g Butter
  • 1 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 5 cups cornflakes (Lightly crushed)
  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet. Place butter and sugar in a saucepan, warm over gentle heat until butter melts.
  2. Allow to cool slightly, and then beat in eggs with a wooden spoon. Add the coconut and cornflakes and stir until well mixed.
  3. 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.
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