Posted 15th February 2011 by Caroline Shaw
If you're looking for something to do with the kids this half-term then baking together is the perfect activity. Not only will it teach your little ones about food and encourage them to engage with what they are eating, but it also helps to develop skills such as working with weights and measures. Plus, we think it's a brilliant way to spend some quality time together.
There are lots of simple recipes kids can join in with. Adults might want to take care of any cooking, heating or oven-related work, but there's plenty of stages children can get stuck into. Let them measure out ingredients, add things to the mixing bowl and stir the mixture. This Apple and blackberry tray bake couldn't be simpler, with everything going into the one bowl. Your kids can add the apple and blackberries to the mixture, or even choose their favourite fruit to use instead.
Scones are super easy to make and require no heating or cooking before they go in the oven, so children can help with every stage - from the rubbing of the butter and flour into breadcrumbs, to the flattening of the dough and cutting out of shapes.
Cupcakes are not only easy to make, but you can have brilliant fun decorating them once they're out of the oven. Try this delicious recipe for Cupcakes with vanilla frosting, then get them to sprinkle on toppings. Go with hundreds and thousands, or why not have lots of different edible sprinkles and let your kids get creative with their designs?
It doesn't just have to be sweet stuff, there are lots of easy savoury bakes you can try such as these Cheese straws with a simple to put together avocado dip.
Make sure you have the right tools for baking before you get started, and aprons are a must! Tesco Direct has a great range with products to suit all your baking needs, including bowls, rolling pins and bakeware sets.
See more ideas for cooking with kids.