Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bake Away...

Summer has just begun and I'm already desperate for fun and enriching activities to do with my child. So after one very long round of "Chutes & Ladders" (the boy refuses to go down the chute) and two rounds of "Don't Break The Ice," we strapped on our baking gear and knocked out some fabulous bread (thank you, George!)

If you're reading this and saying, "Bake with my kids, are you crazy?" then consider this: in addition to filling your home with the awesome scent of fresh baked goods, you'll score major mommy points with what a little baking session teaches:
  • Fosters reading skills by encouraging your children to read instructions.
  • Exercises math skills by measuring ingredients.
  • Setting a timer helps with the concept of time (well, sort of. Developing the virtue of patience is probably more accurate, especially when cookies or other yummy treats are in the oven.)
  • Creating something is important for boosting self confidence.
  • Pride comes from a job well done.
  • Cleaning up is an important life skill (break out that annoying clean up song if you have to!)
  • And nothing is more important than spending quality time with your children. Seriously!
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I hope this will inspire many of you to make some yummy memories with your kids. Happy baking, or whatever you do together, and please share your stories and recipes with us!

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. ~John Crudele

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