Baking with a toddler is the perfect activity for a rainy day, or any time when you’re stuck inside for an extended period of time. I make it a point to have at least one baking activity planned for each month and we have recently started filming our baking activities and sharing them on our YouTube channel for our family and friends to join in on the fun, even if they can’t enjoy our sweet treats. During this extended period of social distancing and staying inside, baking with my toddler and having him help out in the kitchen has been a welcomed distraction from what is going on in the world around us.
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Baking Activities for Toddlers
We originally planned to make a cute St. Patrick’s Day or Easter treat, but that got pushed to the side by the stay-at-home orders and limited shopping trips. Instead, our toddler baking activity turned into a spring sugar cookie, using simple sugar cookie mix and Lucky Charms marshmallows.
We made simple, round cutout cookies, but if I had more festive cookie cutters, I would have used those.
Baking Cupcakes with a Toddler
Cupcakes are also pretty popular when it comes to toddler baking activities. We used silicone heart molds to create heart-shaped cupcakes, topped with pink vanilla icing and crushed Oreos.
It was part of our love-themed activities during the month of February.
Baking Cookies From Scratch
The first of our toddler baking activities was an attempt at making sugar cookies from scratch. Needless to say, I learned my lesson and will not be making sugar cookies from scratch, until my little helper gets a little older. Although they may not look the best, the cookies were delicious, even without decorations and icing.
Homemade Chocolate Doughnuts
In my household, there is nothing better than chocolate doughnuts. Except of course, homemade baked doughnuts, that have the perfect balance of sweet and rich flavors. My mother sent us doughnut pans for baking, after falling in love with the Baking with a Toddler series. We finally put the pans to use and made homemade baked chocolate doughnuts with sprinkles for Brice’s 3rd birthday.
Needless to say, they were a hit!
You can find the pans we used here.
I adapted the recipe from the blog, Pretty.Simple.Sweet. , making a few changes to make it dairy-free (and mostly paleo-friendly.