Baking With Kids

12 August, 2010

Betty Crocker mixes are an ideal way to introduce your children to baking in the kitchen. Your child will love to measure ingredients, break the eggs, stir the mix or roll the biscuits. Follow our helpful tips below for a successful baking experience.

little girl in kitchen little boy and girl decorating cookies
  • Think about where a "children's baking corner" will fit in your kitchen. Younger children need more supervision, so it's great if they can work in one area while you're working in another.
  • Look over your baking equipment, and put items a child can use in a place they can get to easily. Bowls with handles and pouring spouts or with rubber rings on the bottom that stay put on the bench are good for kids. Or how about getting them a mixing spoon or whisk that's just their size?
  • Have some simple rules. You are the best judge of the age at which your child should be allowed to use the stovetop, oven, other appliances and sharp knives.
  • About that mess! At Betty's Kitchens, we start baking by filling the sink with warm, soapy water! As we finish using a utensil (except for sharp knives), we put it in the water to soak. Knives are washed separately. Finishing up is easier when dishes are washed as they're used.
  • Read the package directions or recipe all the way through with children before they start to bake. Explain anything they don't understand.
  • We recommend adult supervision whenever children use sharp knives, the stovetop, the oven or small electrical appliances.
  • Teach children how to correctly set the controls on the stovetop and oven.
  • Teach children safe food-preparation techniques and how to handle hot foods.
  • When your child is old enough to use oven mitts, provide ones in a size easy for smaller, less-adept hands to use.