There is nothing more special than having the kids play with you in the kitchen. Conversation flows as the cookie dough is being mixed and bonding happens as the cookie cutters are pulled out of the cupboard. Nothing ruins this slice of happiness faster than an injury in the kitchen and it could leave your kids traumatized and hesitant to bake again. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 safety tips when baking with your kids.
This might sound obvious or trivial but you have no idea how much you’ll appreciate an apron being on your little one in the event something hot falls on their laps! Aprons not only protect your clothes but also offer a protective layer between your little one and anything that could hurt them.
Make sure any pot, pan, knife etc. handles are facing the wall or the center of your workspace. Don’t allow them to hang over the counter where little hands can grab them and get hurt. Little ones don’t know what’s on the other side of that handle, they just know they want to help mom and dad out. Keep them safe by practicing this tip!
It’s tempting to pop out for a second to answer your ringing phone but never leave little ones unattended in the kitchen for any duration… Accidents happen so quickly and with sharp knives, hot ovens and heavy rollers around, the risk is just not worth it. If you do have to pop out, make a game of it and get them to come with you.
There is no way you’ll be able to do the important job of getting the cookies out of the hot oven without the supervision and help of your little assistant. Pre-empt this by picking up some oven gloves for your little chef and avoid accidents and disappointment – after all, those little hands are too cure to burn and those precious eyes too beautiful for tears.
Little hands will be eager to try the fruits of the labor so be watchful that they don’t pop steaming cookies into their mouths. Show them how to cool their cookies off by blowing them or put them out of reach to cool off on their own. Either way, you’ll have to play the bad guy in order to be the good guy!