Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Baking and Counting

Amanda loves helping me in the kitchen, especially when I’m baking, because there are things that she can safely do. The other day we made pancakes together. (I know, technically it’s not baking, since we use a frying pan.) Her job was to add in the ingredients once I’d measured them and then to help me mix it all together.

The recipe that I used is from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. My mom brought the cook book with her from the States some years back and I’ve used it more than any of my other cook books. I usually like making the buttermilk pancakes, but when I don’t have buttermilk in the fridge then I just make the regular milk pancakes.

Since I have a big family, I tripled the recipe. Tripling the recipe meant that we got to add more of everything, which meant more fun for Amanda. I had her count the quantities as we added them to the bowl. When we got to the sugar, I used a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon, which meant that she would have to count that much higher.

I can tell that Amanda is getting more confident with her numbers and simple math. The other day she asked for two slices of avocado on toast. (We mash them up and add a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice with salt and pepper to taste, but leave the pepper off for Amanda.) I didn’t think she’d finish two, so I tried to make one slice look like more by cutting it into four squares. I was unable to trick her. She said, “Mom, that’s not two slices. You cut one slice into four!”


  1. I LOVE pancakes. We have them often for breakfast. I can't wait until my little one is old enough to help!! You're right that's a great way to teach counting and simple math. I hope she enjoyed her lesson and pancakes!!

    1. Thanks Tia! She enjoyed her pancakes and I don't think she knew that it was a lesson. That's the best way to learn, while having fun! :)

      I see you have new pics of you and your daughter as your profile icon. Lovely! Have a great 4th of July!

  2. My daughter also loves to help me in the kitchen. She is just 2 so when I am mixing the batter, she say 'mixing' and I give her a turn to beat the batter. I teach her fast and slow my holding her hand and changing the speed. She loves it.

    1. That is so cool, Jillian! When they are small like that, you need extra patience. It's not always easy having little "helpers." I'm glad you're willing to take the time.

      Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thanks! This is the joy of parenting. Often I get it right, but sometimes I lose my cool. Actually, I'm not a very patient person and, at times, I have found it stressful having the little ones "help" me in the kitchen, but Amanda has been my easiest helper of all. Take care!


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