Yesterday, an insurance company flyer came in the mail. It included a page of recipes that could be made in a mug for single servings. I tore out the page and left it on the kitchen table.
Last night after swim practice, a few of the kids were ravenous for dessert. One said, "I want to make chocolate cake-in-a-mug from the recipes mom left on the table."
While I spent the next 30 minutes putzing around the kitchen, 3 kids (#4 was sick) had loads of fun making 4 (one for dad) chocolate cake-in-a-mugs. The experience was complete with:
- An assembly line because all 4 mugs needed the same ingredients
- A bit of error when someone accidentally put 2 tablespoons of baking powder in two of the mugs, instead of 1/8 teaspoon, and then attempted to remove it
- 2 volcanos in the microwave due to an unsuccessful attempt to remove enough baking powder
- All the kids doubled over in laughter due to the 'volcanos' in the microwave
- Sharing! Three kids shared one mug because 2 didn't make it past the volcano stage, and dad got his own.
A good time was had by all. Two thumbs up for the surviving cake! And the mess was even (mostly) cleaned-up by the kids!
My conclusion: Provided it's safe, let the kids experiment in the kitchen. Baking can be a very fun kid activity!