Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are once again back on our small screens on BBC One at 8pm on Wednesdays with the latest series of the Great British Bake Off set to send the nation into a frenzy of flour, eggs and sugar. No doubt, with the promise of such yummy treats to taste at the end, your children will also want to get into the kitchen as a result and there’s plenty of resources available on the internet to help fuel their enthusiasm whether you’re phobic of an electric mixer or already on your way to being a master baker.
The website for the Bake Off Books loves the idea of getting you all baking with your kids and includes a How to throw The Great British Bake Off Party pack. Party invites, bunting, recipe card, voting card and a certificate are just some of the downloads included in the pack.
Proof that children definitely want in on the measuring, sieving and stirring action is the CBBC spin-off show Junior Bake Off and the BBC website makes many of the recipes demonstrated available to download for you to recreate including White Rabbit Muffins, Bug Biscuit Display, Cheese Straws and Chilli Chocolate Mountain Cake.
And little fingers whose remotes are firmly aimed at Cbeebies don’t miss out either with recipes including a Chunky Cheese Loaf from the series I Can Cook also available to print off.
More recipes are available from Usborne Children’s Books including little chocolate puddings, tiny cupcakes, gingerbread flowers and cakepops, Bookstart offers a fabulous looking Gruffalo cake recipe inspired by Julia Donaldson’s well-loved story and, if you’d like to try savoury as well as sweet, then Scholastic has a helpful how to make bread activity sheet ready to print.
Once you’ve cooked up your delicious fare, if you manage not to eat them straight away, you might like to decorate them first. On her blog A Subtle Revelry, Victoria Hudgins shares a Printable Pie Box and links to a Pretty Truffle Box that she designed for Project Wedding and, over on Funky Time, you can find some equally pretty DIY Cup Cake Liners. But if your kids want to bring some POW! rather than pretty to their baking then click on Red Ted Art to print out some Superhero Cupcake Toppers.
If you simply can’t eat all your produce yourself and you want to spread the baking fun then have a go at putting together some Cookies in a Jar gifts that Kelly shares on her blog Be A Fun Mum along with a printable gift card template.
And, if you’d really be far more at home as a Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook contestant, then your kids can still practice running their own culinary business with this lovely Sandwich Shop idea from Kids Activities Blog (these printables include a customisable sandwich shop sign, cutting board, knife, a variety of bread, vegetables, cheeses, meats, chips and chip bag) or you can pop over to Emma’s blog My Little 3 and Me where you can learn how to make some currant buns out of a pair of old brown tights, print some sheets of giant pennies along with the words to Five Currant Buns in a Baker’s Shop and have a good interactive sing-along instead.
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