Apple Pie

I can’t say enough how amazing cooking with children is. Home schooling is better when it’s an experience. Not only does this combat all the senses but it targets several subjects in one.

Give them a writing opportunity with a shopping list.
Peeling is a technique they’ll need when they are older.

Speaking of things they need to know how to do, my 14 year old nanny child had never used a tin opener until I taught her! I know some have ring pulls these days…I always think of apocalyptic movies when the people need to open cans!!

Melting butter safely…

I once nannied three children after school while I was a teacher and the 11 year old and I were making pancakes. The father came home and was in shock that she was at the hob…I really believe it’s our job to show them how to do all this safely at any age…

A little bit of maths

Using a scales to measure the sugar helps them put their maths into practice.

We cheated with the pastry but it’s no less fun.
She used her fingers to make the indents.
She cut out diamonds safely and I put markings on them to look like leaves.

This is where creativity may take over. I believe baking is as much an art as it is a science. The end product is their bit of creation which tastes so much more satisfying.

I love eggs! I let even really young children have a go at cracking eggs. Don’t worry about them getting shell in there. Top tip, use the bit part of the shell to fish a little bit out, it cuts through the white of the egg easily.

Glaze with egg! It’s like painting. Your really littlies can get involved!

I love when it looks like a child has made it! It’s their beautiful creation.

Also, it’s a moment to reflect on the good and bad things. What went well? What could you improve on? Make it again a few months down the line.

And enjoy!

More to books…

We used the Humming Bird Bakery book for our pie. We looked through many recipe books before settling on this one.

Books don’t have to be just for children. In baking, you’ll be supporting them. Any book is a reading opportunity.

Junior Bake off is also a great way to inspire your children to try and bake more. I love their resilience when something goes wrong. They can bake better than me!

What are your favourite recipes to do with your little ones?

Love Kat x

Published by moretobooks

Award- winning author of the book: “There’s more to books than reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” With a Masters in Education, I have taught as a School teacher across Northern England and have worked as a Nanny/Governess in London and across the world. I support parents and nannies to bring learning into the home in an exciting and purposeful way. Also a speaker at events such as NannyPalooza and the International Nanny Day 2017 and featured in the Nanny Magazine (USA) and Childcare Magazine (UK)

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