Baking is a favorite activity among our toddler classrooms. Every Wednesday our toddler teachers prepare the environment, direct the process, act as a guide and offer sensorial exercises in order to facilitate baking. Thus, allowing the children to work and to help themselves.
Children naturally want to help and participate in practical life activities. For this reason we have a “prepared environment” where everything is proportioned to the child’s size. Toddlers can function adequately in this environment and perform task successfully.
Our teachers will start by gathering all child size baking items and utensils. She models how to slice, mix, pour and scoop the ingredients and then invites the children to have a turn. She sings songs to keep the children engaged and offers sensorial stimulation by offering the children to smell and taste the ingredients.
Apple Muffins Ingredients
1 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 cup Honey
1 egg (to keep our muffins gluten free we use an egg replacer)
1/4 cup oil
2 cups flour (we use Sorghum flour – gluten free) mixed with 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Baking Powder, 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup grated apple slices
Mix wet ingredients together.
Stir dry ingredient into we mixture.
Add grated apples.
Spoon dough into greased muffin tins.
Bake 20 minutes at 400.
A good tip for the day: Cooking and baking with young children are wonderful ways to introduce science, as we take raw materials to make something new. These activities also teach practical skills, introduce new sensory experience and vocabulary, and mathematics by counting and using weights and measurements. More importantly, involving a child in the food preparation is the best way to establish healthy eating habits.