Each time I walked past the asle at the supermarket where the baking supplies are, I always thought how nice it will be to bake with my girl at home. Well today, after having procrastinated it long enough, I decided to have a go at baking muffins! Out of a Betty Crocker Muffin Box! What else for a beginner? 🙂
The whole process was quick, easy and so educational! My girl put on her little apron and was raring to go when I brought out the ingredients! I told her the quantity for each ingredient that we needed, and she watched me measure and estimate the amount for the 3/4 cup milk and 1/4 vegetable oil. She then cracked the two eggs and I seized the opportunity to teach her the different parts of the egg (eggshell, yolk, egg white). She also stood on the little stool by the kitchen sink and helped me rinse the blueberries.
She then poured the ingredients one by one into the glass bowl as I read out the instructions on the muffin box. She stirred the muffin mixture with the wooden spoon with all her might, and she was so fascinated watching all the ingredients blend into a lumpy batter.
The final step was to scoop the batter and fill the baking cups in the baking tray. It took great precision and focus to make sure the batter doesn’t spill outside the cups.
Upon filling the sixth paper cup, an idea struck her and she exclaimed, ” Mummy, can we put sprinkles and marshmallows on top?” And so we did!
The first batch went into the oven and I took time to explain to her how to adjust the timer for 15 mins, and the temperature of 400 F. When the baking started, Rae just stood in front of the oven, completely fascinated watching the batter rise to become fluffy muffins.
When the little muffins were ready, I took them out of the oven and I could see Rae beaming with pride at our little achievement. The muffins sat pretty in the pink paper cups. That afternoon, we had the nicest tea time at home, delighting ourselves with our little homemade muffins.
This whole baking experience is so rich in educational value! Let me summarise!
Fine motor Skills
1. Pouring the oil and milk into the mixture
2 Rinsing the blueberries
3. Cracking the eggs into a bowl
4. Stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon
5. Transferring the batter into the baking cups
6. Matching the paper cups to the compartments in the muffin trays
7. Counting the number of eggs needed
8. Using measuring tools like cups, and measuring spoons.
9. Be exposed to fraction terms like 3/4 cups or 1/4 cup of oil.
10. Understand time concepts like fifteen minutes.
11. Count the number of muffins made
12.For older children, you can introduce concepts of division when you divide the batter into 12 portions to be baked.
13. Learn verbs like stir, heat, drain, place, mix, grease, rinse, stir, divide, scoop,blend, remove, bake, cool, store, etc
14. Learn the different ingredients needed for baking muffins
15. Label the different parts of an egg
16. Learn what is instructional text and how is written on the box.
17. Follow one-step or two-step instructions