Apple Muffin Time - Baking Activity for Kids

You have probably had your hand in baking in the past. Children love to bake, and it is a fun way to learn more about math and measuring while creating something yummy to eat! While they bake children have no idea they are learning something that will build their fountain of knowlegde.

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Engage your students in some baking fun while learning to measure and understand measurement tools.

Baking is always a great way to teach children how to measure and have patience. While turn taking, baking is a great way to have a couple of laughs with the children while teaching them how to measure. You will have to gather materials for this activity (see the list below). Any changes can be made to this and adapted for older or younger children. You can prepare the apples in advance, so safety is maintained and no knifes are out. During the baking you can have the children measure and stir and time how long the muffins need to be in the oven. (Only adults should use the oven) Baking with children can teach them life skills as well, as a better understanding of how food is made.

Materials

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 3/4 cup white sugar • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 teaspoons baking powder • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/3 cup vegetable oil • 1 egg • 1/3 cup milk • 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped • 1/2 cup butter, cubed -Baking Tray OptionalYour own recipe if you prefer

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive

Skills

Measuring

Indicators:

Using conventional units of measurement

Instructions

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2:

In a large mixing bowl, Stir together 1 1/2 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, baking powder and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Step 3:

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a big spoon, just until combined (a few lumps are ok). The batter will be thick, but don’t worry!

Step 4:

Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.

Step 5:

Bake muffins for 13 to 16 minutes, or until the muffins are golden on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Step 6:

Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool, Enjoy! During all this, the children can participate by measuring out the ingredients and taking turns to stir up the muffin mix. All cutting should be very supervised or done by an adult.

Playful Questions

  • How do you think this will taste?

  • How much does it say we need to measure out?

  • Do you think this is a lot or a little?

  • What are the next steps?

  • Have you ever baked before?