Backyard baking is so much fun. Props required? A bowl and maybe a large spoon. Your child might need a little encouragement to get started, but after that they will run with the activity for quite some time. If you have cooked with your child they will probably take to this activity more readily. Here are some open ended questions you can use to help the activity along if necessary:
- What are you baking today?
- What ingredient will you need next?
- How much of that ingredient will you need?
- What will you do with your mixture?
- How do you know when it’s ready?
- What does it taste like?!
Make sure you establish some ground rules, especially if there is anything in the garden unsafe for your child to pick (be wary of plants with milky white sap). My daughter decided to make “Weed Soup” for her recipe. She picked leaves and flowers from weeds, and also added macadamia nuts, bark and a range of other different leaves. She sang “Stir up the cooking oh deedle-deedle-dum…” (a Playschool cooking song) while she worked and served the soup up in plastic cups when it was ready!
For an extension on this activity you could encourage your child to write down their “recipe” when they’re finished. A simple recording of their recipe only involves writing a title at the top for them, and allowing them to draw their ingredients. For slightly older children you can label their ingredients under each picture. If your kids love this activity why not make a recipe book and glue in each different recipe?!