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I'm looking for some kid friendly baking and decorating ideas. I have 3 girls and all love to help in the kitchen. But it becomes chaotic. Any ideas on something easy and simple  for us to do?
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Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 4/27/2012 12:41 AM EDT
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I'm looking for some kid friendly baking and decorating ideas. I have 3 girls and all love to help in the kitchen. But it becomes chaotic. Any ideas on something easy and simple  for us to do?

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 4/27/2012 1:16 AM EDT
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Welcome, Tiffany. There is a tab on this site called, "With the kids." Click on that and have fun with your 3 precious gifts!

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 4/27/2012 6:18 AM EDT
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Hi Tiffany,
 Hope you enjoy the site.
 If you bake every weekend, why not have 1 girl help you each week (May is starting, so have the oldest help you the first weekend, then the middle, the youngest & the 4th weekend all 3 can help).  When 1 is helping you the other 2 could watch or if old enough read the directions. If old enough, have each of them write out a menu that she would like to learn to make (set down some rules first like must include at least 2 servings of vegs. keep in the budget, & she will clean up). Have the young cook, wear an old undershirt or pullover that you or your hubby has over her clothes (in place of an apron) make sure her hands are clean & her hair pulled back & enjoy the the time spent teaching each.

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 4/27/2012 9:51 AM EDT
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Welcome Tiffany!

I think it's awesome that your girls want and like to help you in the kitchen!!  Using an "assembly line" type approach might work and lessen the chaos a little (usually 4 women in one kitchen is crazy no matter what!). Aprons and pony tails first!  Set up stations where each girl has her own cookie sheet, hunk of cookie dough, spoons/table knives etc.  That way they stay put and you are the only one moving around and using the oven.  While the cookies are baking transform the stations into cooling/decorating areas.  Place each girls cookies on a cooling rack at their station.  While the cookies are cooling have them pick out sprinkles, colored sugars, icings etc.   After all the decorating is finished rotate a clean up at the sink.....after all, cooking/baking does mean some boring things like washing the used cookie sheets!

The most important thing is for you to have FUN with your girls!  The learning/teaching part will come naturally!
 

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 4/27/2012 12:35 PM EDT
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They always seem to like rolling the cookie dough in their hands.  Why not make oreo peanut butter balls?

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 4/27/2012 1:39 PM EDT
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7 Layer Bars or Magic Cookie Bars are great for kids to help make or make themselves.  All it is is layering the ingredients in the pan, press it down a bit and bake.
The Never Fail Fudge using the chocolate chips, carnation milk and marshmallows is a hit with my Grandson every time.
Dump Cakes are a lot of fun as well.  A can of cherry pie filling, a can of crushed pineapple and a cake mix.  Melted butter poured over the top and it is almost like a fruit crisp.  Change the type of fruit and pie filling, let the kids pick and you have a whole new dessert.
I used to take my kids on a "scavenger hunt" in the produce department.  Their mission was to pick out a fruit or vegetable that they had never tried and we would take it home and try it.  Could have been in a soup or stew or just eaten  as is.  Great way to try Carambola also known as Starfruit, a Cherimoya was different and the kids found they loved what they called "albino carrots" Parsnips to the rest of the world.
Best thing is I found they ate better when we did things like this.

Have fun with them it does not last long but the memories and the close bond does.

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 9/17/2012 10:15 AM EDT
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Nikki mentioned 3 recipes.  I looked them up for you:

The 7 layer cookies/bars had two recipes.  So here are 2 links:

http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/Legacy-60012/Seven-Layer-Bars/detail.aspx
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/Legacy-24106/7-Layer-Cookies/detail.aspx

The Never-Fail0Fudge is here:
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/Legacy-78974/Never-Fail-Chocolate-Fudge/detail.aspx

And there were many dump cakes, but it sounds like this one:
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/Legacy-39737/Dump-Cake/detail.aspx

Have fun!!!

Re: Kid-Friendly ideas

posted at 9/17/2012 12:31 PM EDT
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Welcome this is  good and the kid frendly recipe are great. I use them a lot for my girl scouts.

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