Cookies can be considered to be the ultimate snack for kids. It is virtually impossible to find a child that does not like cookies. This is why cookie decorating is one of the activities that almost any child will be enthusiastic about participating in, if you promise them that they get to enjoy the cookies after the decorating process.
As with most activities that you get to do with your children, cookie decoration can be an important bonding session between you and your children at home. You also get the opportunity to introduce them to the kitchen gradually through activities that they enjoy. After an enjoyable cookie decoration session, your children might be more open to the idea of being helpful in other ways in the kitchen.
You can also use cookie decorating as an opportunity to engage your children creatively and artistically, as they try different colors and designs in the cookies that they are decorating. As with any activity involving children, there are some guidelines that you need to follow to ensure that both you and your children, have fun during the cookie decorating process. Some must-do items include:
Make sure that you prepare everything before the decorating session
If you are working with really young children, then it is recommended that you have everything prepared and set before the children come into the kitchen. Make sure that the cookies have been baked (and given time to cool), all the icing has already been prepared and placed in bottles/tubes with nozzles, sprinkles are placed in bowls, any other items you need have been prepped.
This is because you need your full attention to supervise your kids in the kitchen. You can’t be distracted by finding supplies when your children are unsupervised in the kitchen. Similarly, kids get easily distracted and they can lose their enthusiasm for cookie decoration if they can’t find vital supplies.
Teach your children about kitchen hygiene and safety
Use this opportunity to teach your kids about kitchen safety and hygiene. Ensure that they wash their hands with soap and water. Teach them how to work safely in the kitchen. Ensure that they clean up after themselves. Give them a brief lesson in the “do’s” and “don’ts” while you are in the kitchen.
Use paper/plastic utensils
Children are clumsy, that is known. To ensure that your decorating session does not turn into a costly affair, keep your good china far from reach. Use paper/plastic plates and other child-friendly utensils that will not break when they are dropped on the floor. When it comes to involving children in the kitchen, it is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ something will be dropped.
Remember, this is not a chore for your children. This is a fun activity that you and your children are supposed to bond over. Create a fun atmosphere by giving your children the space to express themselves ‘artistically’ when decorating the cookies. Get different colors of icing and sprinkles. You can also allow your children’s friends to participate in the activity.
Overall, the cookie decorating session can be the first step towards making your children more enthusiastic about being helpful around the kitchen.
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