Baking is a wonderful activity to share with your children. So what if you all get a little messy? You were going to have to clean up anyway, right? Besides, if your children are anything like mine, they are going to make a mess somewhere, somehow, no matter what you do. Why not contain the mess to the kitchen and channel those
mischievous creative juices into something productive?
Baking time is prime teaching time.
How to level the flour
How to be cautious
The importance of following directions
Learning to use kitchen equipment
the list is practically endless. Get creative about finding learning opportunities in your daily activities.
Best of all, baking time provides the perfect opportunity to really talk with your children. While making Holy Cross cookies and a loaf of boulé marked with a cross, I had time to chat with Sophia about the finding of the True Cross.
We learned that St. Helen was an English princess, so we used currants in our cookies—a traditional British treat.
We practiced making the Sign of the Cross.
We thanked Jesus for His great sacrifice for us, and asked God to help us learn to carry the crosses in our own lives.
“Will Daddy get a cookie?”
”Yes, when he gets home. After dinner tonight.”
“Does Daddy love Jesus?”
“Daddy loves Jesus very much.”
“I love Jesus. And Mary.”