1. You’ve got to integrate as much as possible. It’s important to let them do it and don’t take over from them.
2. Preparation is key. By making sure your recipe is fun and easy and your ingredients are all ready to go. Bring the eggs & butter out of the fridge to warm up to room temperature in advance, this means children can bake quickly and not get upset waiting around. If their bakes succeed, they’ll want to do it more.
3. Honey is a great sugar alternative or maple syrup. Maple is a stronger flavour so be mindful of this in your bakes. Thinking outside the box, not being ridged and use what you have in your store cupboard. Never make it a problem, always make it into a positive.
4. Prepare for mess, your baking with kids, kids love to get messy, this will be messy so prepare! Oil cloth is great to cover any surfaces (especially if you’re using food colouring), some old newspaper on the floor to catch the slops and spills will save you some cleaning time at the end!
5. If you’re baking with young children make sure you have something to entertain them during cooking and cooling time; perhaps reading them a baking related story or maybe get them to draw a picture of what they’d like to decorate on their bake.