Tips for Baking with Preschoolers

  • Imagine cooking with a drunk monkey to prepare for the experience.

  • Gather ingredients on a counter top, out of their reach.

  • Put a small table (coffee table, play table, etc.) in the center of the kitchen for their work surface. For us, this has been easier (and safer!) than pulling up a stool or step ladder.

  • Print a copy of your recipe, or write a simple version on a piece of paper. Why? Trying to protect your cookbook or the-only-index-card-copy-of-the-recipe is stressful.
  • Talk about e-v-e-r-y ingredient, and e-v-e-r-y "missing" ingredient. For example, "These cookies are safe for you because we are not using eggs! Always check with me before eating a cookie so I can check the ingredients."
  • Talk about measurements: cups, half cups, teaspoons, etc.
  • In small amounts, let the kids taste "safe" ingredients: salt, sugar, flour, palm oil spread, soy butter, etc. One great thing about cooking without eggs is that we don't worry about "raw" batter.
  • Be careful with the oven and hot pans (of course!).
  • Don't force other people eat the allergen-free foods you make.
  • A few favorite cookbooks (you can Google): Vegan College Cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Sophie Safe Cooking.