With the weather beginning to really cool off, it is the perfect time of year to start baking. While many bring out their mixing bowls and preheat their ovens later in the year for holiday cookies, today we want to share one of our favourite healthy recipes that is easy enough to help teach your children the fundamentals of baking.
Today, we want to show you our recipe for Homestyle Oatmeal Muffins, a popular and healthy snack that is often found in our classrooms and centres. Our recipe has no surprises or special ingredients (aside from the care you pour into the recipe), and if you have a well-stocked kitchen you can probably make these without having to make another trip to the grocery store!
Watch the video below to get the recipe and follow along as we make this delicious autumn treat!
Baking is an incredibly fulfilling skill for children to experiment with. There are tangible benefits – besides eating healthier – to bringing children into the kitchen, especially if there are no knives around.
Baking requires a different kind of literacy: how to read a recipe. This introduces children to new concepts and words. As they spend more time around recipes, they will learn how to better follow directions. There is also a good deal of math and measuring in baking, and for young children, even being able to recognize the different numbers is a helpful step towards developing important math skills.
Of course, there is also the fact that by baking, children are seeing their efforts be rewarded right in front of them. They can clearly draw a line between measuring and mixing the ingredients and the delicious muffins that you pull out of the oven for them to snack on. This will encourage them to try out other experiments and engage in other learning opportunities around the house, school, and childcare programs.
Plus, fostering a love of baking with your children is an investment into a future full of delicious treats. Everyone wins!