Check out this fun, frequently updated list of kid-friendly baking ideas to try while you’re stuck at home during COVID-19 social distancing!
Let’s face it: COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere, and neither are we.
*Collective groan from parents everywhere*
So, since we’re all stuck inside with kids going bonkers, let’s take this opportunity to bake with them.
Baking with kids is a scary thought for some people (the mess!), but since no one has anywhere to be, we have all the time in the world to make messes and clean them up.
Plus, baking with your kids has so many advantages:
- If they’re still young enough, they absolutely love the one-on-one time with you
- If they’re too old and cool for that, they’ll be super proud of their product as it comes out of the oven
- Watching how separate ingredients mix together to make something entirely different is truly fascinating to kids, young and old
- Measuring and pouring is a great use of fine motor skills, math, and spacial observation
All of these recipes and ideas are bare-bones basic, because I assume none of you want to deal with grocery stores right now to pick up dates. Each is built around essentials you’ll already have in your pantry, no special trips and crazy lines required.
PS – If you’re out of eggs, you can replace 1 egg with 1 banana in any recipe!
So, since you’re stuck inside with nowhere to go and crazy kids to entertain, let’s get started!
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• Bake sourdough!
This kind of goes without saying, since you’re reading a sourdough blog, but this is the perfect time to try it out if you haven’t already. And if you have, it’s a great time to include your kids in the process!
You can even start from scratch and build your own starter. (Again, we have the time!)
All-in, baking sourdough takes two days: one for mixing, fermenting, and proofing, and the second for baking.
• Make customized sugar cookies
This is a fun idea because kids of any age will enjoy it.
Toddlers can add sprinkles or press their hands into the cookies. Older kids can cut out various shapes, or even letters to spell their name.
• Use your over-ripe fruit and veggies
Take full advantage of your ripening fruit by using it in recipes and watching kids try to understand how a banana can turn into delicious bread.
For over-ripe bananas, try this recipe for easy banana bread. Banana pancakes, banana muffins, or banana ice cream are all other fantastic ideas.
Soft apples? These apple pie granola bars look amazing, and would be super convenient!
If your strawberries are about to turn, you can mash them all together with butter to make delicious strawberry butter! Or, mash them in with balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil for a yummy salad dressing.
Are your potatoes growing legs? Grate them into hashbrowns, combine them with other veggies to make a great vegetable stock, or whip up some classic mashed potatoes.
• Bake toddler-size snack bites
Try making a recipe that your kids can almost entirely on their own: measuring, dumping, mixing, rolling, and placing on the baking sheet. This recipe for healthy bites toddlers can make looks amazing and I’m personally going to try it ASAP.
That said, this recipe does include ingredients you may not have in your pantry (raisins, cranberries, applesauce) but I’m including it here because it’s sooo fun to make with toddlers. Older kids will appreciate being able to pop a whole ball into their mouth!
• Enjoy delicious brownies
Who doesn’t love brownies?!
From stirring the chocolatey goodness to biting into the warm result, kids will love making brownies with you.
Please leave a comment below or send me a message about how you’re using these or other kid-friendly baking ideas during covid-19, or if you have any favorite recipes your kids love to make with you – it may be included here!
Stay happy, stay safe… and stay sane! 🤪
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