HOW TO keep kids busy over the holidays
Wednesday, June 9
Are you looking at ways to keep the kids busy over the holidays? Then look no further! Why not grab a copy of Mini Bakers magazine and get little hands busy in the kitchen.
Mini Bakers is a triannual publication full of baking fun for children of all ages. Each issue offers children the opportunity to create their own personalised baked treats following fun recipes and step-by-step tutorials.
Not only will they have fun and get a little messy, but bringing children into the kitchen can also benefit them as individuals in a number of ways. As they weigh and measure ingredients, children are developing maths skills without even realising! Not only will they be using their addition and subtraction skills, they will also be introduced to fractions and different units of measurement.
In the same vein, whether they read a recipe themselves or follow an adult’s verbal instructions, following a recipe can boost children’s listening and sequencing skills. It’s also a great method of increasing language development.
Similarly, activities like mixing ingredients, rolling doughs and using biscuit cutters all enhance children’s fine motor skills. Sifting flours and spooning ingredients into bowls and tins are also good ways of practicing their hand-eye and bilateral co-ordination.
But that’s not all! Mental health and wellbeing are essential to children’s physical, educational, social, emotional and cognitive development. A number of organisations, such as the NHS, mental health charity Mind, and YoungMind – the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health – have all recommended cooking and baking as a means of self-care. The reason for this is because it’s an excellent therapeutic activity; the process of baking can be very meditative, with a simple focus that encourages you to be mindfully present in the moment without over-thinking.
The kitchen also provides children with opportunities to gain a sense of accomplishment. And as they cook more their independence will grow, which will consequently increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.
All in all, baking and cake decorating is a great way to spend the summer holidays. In fact, it's probably one of the best and cheapest summer holiday activities out there. Win win!
So what are you waiting for? Grab a physical or digital copy HERE and let them bake!