There are several ways to help a young child learn. One of the easiest ways I have found is through their stomach. Coming up with fun educational baking projects for your preschooler is really a great way to help them learn. Below you will find some great baking project ideas that will help your preschooler to learn to recognize letters and numbers.
The first suggestion is to make some letter shaped cupcakes. In order to make this you will need to purchase some letter shaped cookie cutters. You can visit your local arts and craft store or visit www.kitchenkrafts.com for alphabet cookie cutter set. This set costs about $35 on this site, but you may be able to find something cheaper at your local arts and craft store. You will need metal cookie cutters for this particular project. Once you have your cookie cutters you are ready to make your letter muffins. Start by finding a muffin recipe that your kids will enjoy making with you. Once you have made the mix for the muffins you will want to get a regular cookie sheet and place the cookie cutters on top, spray it down with canola cooking spray. Be sure that you also spray the cookie cutters. Since the cookie cutters are metal putting them in the oven should pose no problems.
Next you will want to pour the batter of the muffins into the middle of each alphabet shaped cookie cutter. Don’t fill them to the top of the cookie cutter. You will want to fill them just slightly and leave plenty of room for the muffin to rise. Once you have put the batter into all of the alphabet cookies cutters you can place them in the oven. Follow the temperature that is set in the recipe, but cut the cooking time down a few minutes. It will not take long for these alphabet shaped muffins to cook up. When you take the out of the oven the cookie cutters will be very hot so don’t allow your child anywhere near them. Allow them to sit and cool for about 20 minutes. After the twenty minutes have passed you should have no problem gently lifting the cookie cutter off of the letter shaped muffin. You can then have your child help you spread the icing, and while they are doing so have them make the sound of the letter. For example you can sing a simple song that says the “A” says, and make the sound. Instead of doing the entire alphabet on one day, try just working with no more than three letters at a time.
Another suggestion is to make a regular sheet cake and have your child use the cookie cutters to cut the cake. You can then decorate the pieces that you have cut out. For the scraps of cake that are left over you can turn them into nice bit sized snack pieces. Just put them into a few zip lock bags and your ready to go.
The next suggestion involves baking bread. You can have your child help you bake regular bread dough. Then use the alphabet cookie cutters to cut the dough using the shape. Then place on a flat baking sheet and cook up the dough. Leave the dough in the cookie cutters as they rise to ensure they keep their shape. Then you will have alphabet shaped biscuits. The same can be done with numbers. You can get cookie cutters that are in the shape of numbers. Remember to use your imagination and you will have no problem crating fun baking projects that will help your child to learn.