Baking books featuring little kids
Baking with Tiny Tots by Becky Johnson
I have not come across that many books on baking with very small children, but I really like this one. It has large photos of toddlers being active in the baking process and points out the parts of the recipe which may be suitable for them to participate in. There is also a handy little section on the practicalities of baking with small children.
Quick Party Cakes by Jane Asher
This is technically not a baking book at all, but rather a cake-decorating one, and yet I love it because so many of the ideas are easy for small children to help with — piling sweets into a train truck, for example. You may not be as ‘quick’ creating these cakes with a toddler in tow, but most of the recipes for child-oriented cakes are still simple and achievable without too much fuss.
Little kids’ books featuring baking
Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Hill
This is the most straight-forward ‘baking a cake’ story book we own and my daughter loves it — perhaps because it talks about something she’s done herself so many times! It’s a lovely lift-the-flap book about Spot the dog baking a chocolate cake for his dad and decorating it in true toddler fashion.
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Mother Hubbard baking a plum pie is more of a subplot in this ‘I spy’ book of fairytale characters, but perhaps its more ‘hidden’ nature is why my daughter likes it so much. I ask, ‘What are all those plums for?’, ‘What’s she going to put in the pie tin?’, etc, and at the end she enjoys the ‘Plum pie in the sun’ as much as if she were eating it herself — perhaps more so, given how picky she is about her plums!
Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen
Kipper the dog has never made a cake before and we like to point out the ingredients he’s forgotten when he makes his ‘flat thing’ — not using a cake tin being another sign of his inexperience. We then get to see why eating a whole cake by yourself is not such a good idea! But all turns out well in the end.
Do you have any reccomendations? I would love to hear them!