baking with small children
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The Wonder of Baking with Small Children

Baking with small childrenBaking with small children doesn’t have to be super stressful! On Bank Holiday Monday the girls (who are 3 and 5) and I did a spot of baking, and sold the goodies around the local neighbourhood to raise money for Action Aid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Essentially it was a lesson for them in life not being perfect, and doing things for other people. It was a lovely day, full of smiles, but we also had a fair few wobbles. As the cupcakes were made the traditional way, and loaded with ingredients we don’t eat, they couldn’t even lick the bowl. Bless them, it’s no wonder really and they did marvellous overall.

I probably added a whole new level of stress to the day by having a last minute brain wave that we should film my fourth YouTube video. As if the already packed agenda of cupcake and flapjack making wasn’t enough. You’d be forgiven for thinking that I was absolutely crazy to even consider this, but when life is as busy as mine is I have to just go for it in the few minutes I have spare. Once the moment passes it might be a while before I’m presented with another one.

The video itself isn’t my finest work by any stretch of the imagination. Most of the bloggers I know would not bother uploading it to their YouTube channel, but I feel it’s vital that I do so. Because this is a true depiction of my life, and that’s the beauty of it. It is not picture perfect, yet it’s there in all it’s glory on YouTube anyway. This is what baking is honestly like in my house. Messy. Loud. Fun.

My kids are behaving very much as they would do if the camera wasn’t rolling. P has an itchy knee she needs to scratch, C is having a meltdown right at the end which is why she’s not in the last shot, and my hubby is filming with F (14 months) in his arms because he wouldn’t be put down.

For me, the wonder of baking with small children, is watching them keenly learn about food. I believe that food education is vitally important, and want to ensure that my kids know where their food comes from, and which ingredients go into which recipes. It Starts With Food is a passionate post I wrote a while back, and gives a bit more background as to why I feel so strongly about this.

In other news, we made Β£35 from the sale, which I donated to Action Aid via my Just Giving page.Β My company will match it, so Β£70 in total going to Nepal. Not bad for a days graft. Just in case you were interested in the recipe, it can be found in the video.



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  1. Oh that’s so awesome and a what a great cause and lesson to teach your children. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  2. Gorgeous post girl and love your girls, so cute, you did right to put this on youtube, shows the reality of baking with kids and I want to make those flapjacks, amazing. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  3. Congratulations on getting your children in to the kitchen to cook with you, it’s great to get them interested in food so young. #TastyTuesdays

  4. I love the video! It sounded like your baby was holding the camera πŸ™‚ Great recipe and good for you guys raising money, that’s brilliant. i MUST do more like this, such a great idea and so important to instil this idea of charity from a young age.

    Thanks for linking up to #Thelist xxx

  5. What a great idea to bake & sell to raise money!
    I love your video, I think your girls are really well behaved at least they listen to instructions, mine take over and we end up with ingredients everywhere other than the mixing bowl πŸ™‚

  6. Such a lovely and thoughtful idea R, and I think children are never too young to learn that there are others more in need than themselves. Good work! x

  7. Perfect timing! I’m just off to the shops with the idea of baking some healthy snack this arvo and as if by magic, I read this! great post and such a lovely idea. #sharewithme

  8. What a wonderful idea Renee! I think I might have a go at this with Seb too. He’s heard about the earthquake and is very compassionate so I think he’d love to raise some money. I’m sure our neighbours would love the chance to buy some home made cakes too. I don’t have sound on my pc at the moment so I could only ‘watch’ your video not hear it! Your girls are GORGEOUS. So fab xx

  9. Brilliant way to raise money for such a great cause. Well done!! Xx #ShareWithMe

  10. Aww well done to them for raising money for such a good cause. Z just wants to lick the bowl constantly πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks so much my lovely, they really enjoy it and it’s a great activity πŸ™‚

  12. Absolutely no point in pretending! They’re super yummy flapjacks, I’m sure you’d love them xx

  13. Thanks Fiona, looks like they will be needing as much help as possible!

  14. Well done on the money raising and what a fun way to do it, yum! #TastyTuesdays

  15. What a lovely thing to do! Those flapjacks sound delish – i keep meaning to do more baking with Arthur and they look like something well worth trying out… Great video too – it looks like you had lots of fun, and there’s no point in pretending things are perfect all (any?) of the time πŸ™‚ xx

  16. Love this, the video is fabulous, so natural and really is what it’s like to bake with kids πŸ™‚ I do love cooking with mine though, they love it and what’s a bit of mess really? It’s great for them to get involved. Thanks so much for sharing with #ThePrompt, and sorry I’m so late getting round to comment this week!

  17. I’d already seen this sweet video yesterday so was eager to read the full post today. This is such a great idea and congratulations for raising that money for the poor people of Nepal. I want to start doing some cooking videos soon with my girls, so watch this space! Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday Stars.

  18. Thanks Kiran! The only way I’ll have a YT presence is by filming like this πŸ˜‰ xx

  19. Yum!! And I totally agree that it’s important to put up videos like this. Life isn’t perfect but what you’ve captured is the beautiful reality that is life with kids! Xx

  20. WOW! You are a braver woman than me in the kitchen. Well done darling, your children are adorable and I love the video! Real life? It’s what it’s all about, you did the right thing by posting. Oh and naturally the flapjacks look and sound delicious – cook book next ?! πŸ™‚ xxx

  21. That recipe sounds delicious. Will have to try get my boys to stop fighting long enough to try it.
    Well done on raising the money. It’s going to such a great cause right now

  22. So cool! I canΒ΄t wait for my lo gets old enough to share some messy time in the kitchen… The video is really good! x

  23. Nothing wrong with depicting real life on YouTube! What a really lovely thing to do and well done for raising the money. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo

  24. What a great thing to do, a fab recipe and couldn’t agree with you more about the wonder of cooking with small children. #FreeFromFriday

  25. Boo and I are just starting our baking journey but I can’t wait to create our next masterpieces! Hehe. And well done for raising money for such a worthy cause!

  26. I always love to bake with Monkey, but he’s still not old enough I don’t think to concentrate and it more excited about licking the spoon! Hopefully, when he gets older. What a great video though, and well done on raising all that money! xx

  27. Love kids! Wriggly does the same whenever I try to take a picture with my phone. They just want to be involved in the action, bless them!

  28. Poor Andy has F in his arms, and he’s trying to grab at the camera and making funny dinosaur noises in the background…

  29. Two lots of everything to save arguments, yep I can definitely see that in my future! The bicarb trick is pretty cool, not one for a you tube video where I only have one shot though πŸ˜‰

  30. Thanks so much lovely lady xx

  31. Thanks John, it was definitely one of my better ideas. Glad you’ve got your little one helping out in the kitchen too, it’s great to start them young.

  32. You’re so right Merlinda, it really is!

  33. Thanks Karen, it’s really tasty. I was actually surprised that the flapjacks were the first things to go, they literally sold like hot cakes (sorry very bad pun!)

  34. You’ll have to let me know how you get on if you do. Glad you enjoyed the vid!

  35. Thanks hon, it was a lot of fun! Hope you enjoy the video xx

  36. Thanks so much Stephanie, so pleased you enjoyed it. You have a great weekend too xx

  37. It’s really important to start teaching them early isn’t it, glad your two enjoy baking as well πŸ™‚

  38. Thanks so much Erica! I was told they were super yummy πŸ™‚

  39. It’s such a great activity isn’t it πŸ™‚

  40. Thanks so much Kim x

  41. It’s such a great thing to do with them, but can certainly raise the old stress levels πŸ˜‰

  42. Thanks so much, really pleased you enjoyed the video πŸ™‚

  43. Thanks so much Livi!

  44. It’s all about practice hon… and never making perfect either πŸ˜‰ notice how the girls aren’t next to each other but on either side of me? That’s not for the video, that’s so they don’t kill eachother!!

  45. If I let my two bake together they inevitably get into a huge argument and I lose the will to continue!! I’m totally impressed with your success. I’ve yet to produce a finished cake when both have been involved…..:)

  46. They look and sound delicious, and for a great cause too, well done you

  47. I loved it!! I adore home videos where it’s exactly that, HOME video haha and not a “stage set up”. I love how everything is an everyday thing. Well done for raising the money! πŸ™‚
    I recently gave 10$ to CURE International so it seems it’s the season to give now! hehe. πŸ™‚


  48. My kids absolutely love cooking with me – the only problem is that my patience is not what it should be sometimes! Brilliant that you all raised money for Nepal too.

  49. Ahh! It’s lovely to see kids baking. My girls love to help out…..Well done you and your girls for raising money for a great cause x

  50. Wonderful post πŸ™‚ We do lots of baking too, so much fun #TheList

  51. Well done on your fund raising. Bet the cakes were wonderful too.

  52. Great to get the children involved in baking. My two love it, too, and I think it is important that they get an understanding of food in this way. Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  53. Adorable video and better for being real life – and well done on raising the cash too πŸ™‚ have a fab weekend x #wotw

  54. Well done you! I will have to watch the video after work as signal rubbish here! I bet it was loud and messy but you all had fun, family time and your little ones learnt a lot. Xx #wotw

  55. Think I will have to give these a go. You are really great on the camera – I re-film mine so many times I would never get anywhere with kids in tow #PoCoLo

  56. Well done for baking and raising money. Love seeing the children enjoy baking. The recipe sounds delicious.

  57. Congrats! Amazing of you to do this for the Nepal earthquake victims. I think starting early with kids about charity is nice to instill to them the importance of giving =) #wotw

  58. Good work on rasiing money for charity. As it happens I baked some biscuits with our youngest the other day. She really, really enjoyed it. It was an absolute delight. #theList

  59. Gorgeous! And what a lovely thing to do…it is so important that we teach our kids to think of others! I love what you have done xx

  60. Your children are so cute! I though they did really well. When I used to bake with my two little ones when they were younger, they used to argue about who was doing what bit and everything tended to get done in such a rush so it could be over. I ended up measuring everything out twice so they could each do their own. My middle daughter is now the baker. She goes to a cookery club once a month and she loves it. I have a similar recipe for some oat cookies. Melting the oil or butter/honey etc. and then adding the bicarbonate is fascinating for the kids to watch as the heat activates it and you get lots of frothing going on!

  61. Thanks so much Sarah, it was a great way to spend a bonus Monday πŸ™‚

  62. Well done to them and you for baking, learning about food and raising money for Nepal. It’s so important for children to know what’s going on in the world around them.
    Thanks for linking with Loud ‘n’ Proud.

  63. Loved the video, and seeing P and C enjoy themselves so much, bless them! C is just like my little Beanie: licking the spoon is her favourite thing. Was it Freddie moving the camera?

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