Disclosure: I am writing this sponsored post as part of the Bounty Quicker Picker Upper Crew. All opinions are my own.
I am so excited that the holidays are coming up! Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year because of all the fun get togethers. Family gatherings and friendly parties usually mean delicious food and yummy desserts. I told my boys we were going to do a test run on a holiday cookie. Of course they were excited to join me in the kitchen…especially if it meant sampling a pumpkin cookie of sorts.
We have food allergies in our home, so I’m thankful for helpful resources like Against All Grain, which give me egg free and nut free options. These egg free & nut free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are tasty and still healthy for us to eat!
I haven’t included my kids in the kitchen very often because I’d rather they run outside and play. But when they joined me on this baking adventure, I realized all the benefits of including children in the cooking experience!
Benefits of kids baking:
- Math concepts and measurements come to life – When your kids are hands-on in the kitchen, they get to differentiate between a ¼ cup and a ⅓ cup as well as a tablespoon and a teaspoon. It’s one thing to tell them about these tools, but it’s another thing to show and teach them about measurements. You need to use math in the kitchen! Otherwise your baked good might be too floury or salty.
- Children learn to safely use kitchen appliances – From an early age, my kids have known that when I open the oven door, it’s time to back away IMMEDIATELY! But my oldest is getting to the age where he should learn the mechanics of how to turn the oven on and off. He needs to know how to safely insert and remove a pan. I’m not ready to let him take the lead, but I’m certainly ready to be there as he practices these skills.
- We spend quality time and make memories together – One of our family mottos is to “make memories and talk about them often.” Some memories are monumental milestones and others are daily small accomplishments. Of course, some of the BEST memory making activities are messy! Sometimes our time together include riding bikes through water puddles. Other times, we dig a hole in the mud. But today, it was making a mess in the kitchen!
- Kids learn the art of generosity – Sometimes we make a baked good just for our family to consume. Other times, we make something with a neighbor or a friend in mind. Bringing a friend a baked treat can brighten their dreary day and make them smile! And what a great way to teach your kids the art of generosity. Thinking of someone else before themselves. Isn’t that a great concept learn? Being thankful for what you have and sharing what you have with others?
- Children learn to clean up their messes – Yes, when you include kids in the kitchen there will be more messes. But isn’t that a part of life? Sometimes the activities that make the biggest mess are the most fun! It’s also important for my kids to learn to clean up the messes they make. They won’t be living with me forever! Thank goodness for Bounty! Bounty paper towels absorb the messes and spills quickly so that we can focus on enjoying the moment.
Of course one of the greatest benefits of baking is actually getting to eat the cookies! But it’s even nicer to sit and enjoy your cookie in a clean kitchen.
Typically, you’re going to find dirty measuring cups and mixing bowls in the sink. Cookie dough smashed in random places. Salt and flour spilled all over the counter.
But if we clean up as we go, it’s a much more enjoyable memory making experience.
By the time the cookies were cooling on the cookie rack we finished the job by wiping the counters with Bounty. We don’t usually worry about running out of paper towels, because Bounty is 2x more absorbent vs. the leading ordinary brand!
Whether trying a new recipe or wiping down the kitchen while our healthy cookies bake, Bounty, the #QuickerPickerUpper is there to clean up the messes so this mom can enjoy those memorable moments!