I had a sudden realisation today that I need to be making most of the two days off a week I have with Orla and Archie because in September- it will just be little Archie knocking around as Orla goes to school! I really don’t know where that time went! I can vividly remember Elodie in her first year at school and Orla as a tiny baby in the pram.
So this week Orla and I did some baking in Archie’s nap-time using the Baking Mad Subscription Box. This month’s theme was ‘buzzy bees’ and the box comes addressed to your child and with the ingredients to bake one thing a month, a recipe card for other things to try to bake as well as a little craft activity. There’s also a booklet which had fun facts about bees and some colouring and activities. The recipe for this month was ‘honeycomb beehive biscuits’.
A word of warning that you might need to purchase additional extra things to complete the baking but, most likely, these are things that you’d have in the cupboard anyway. We just made a quick dash out for eggs and butter for our box.
Straight away Orla got to work- she loved the tick box sheet with images so she could set her baking station up with everything she needed. I had a little giggle every time she said ‘spoon……check’ ‘scales…….check’……. and she loved following the recipe along with the images- kneading the dough and cracking the egg all by herself was her favourite bit! But I was surprised that she was super good at tidying up after herself too and washing up- maybe I should let her bake more often!
The recipes have been carefully thought out so that young children can do most of the baking themselves with minimal adult support. Orla is 4 and she was able to use the images to work out what to do and for things like measuring out the cookie dough- templates were included so she knew exactly how big the cookies should be. It was so cute to watch her working it all out.
I think what’s lovely about these boxes is that they’ve created unusual baking ideas- these aren’t the usual baking ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest- the honeycomb beehive cookies were so inventive! They’re also set up with kids in mind – so the idea of honey beehive cookies appealed to Orla whereas I wouldn’t have thought of something as creative to bake. I always think activity subscription boxes like these make a great gift ideas for kids – they do really sum up that cheesy phrase – a gift that keeps on giving.
OK – so our honeycomb beehive cookies didn’t quite turn out like the beautiful photo on the baking box but Orla couldn’t have cared less – she was very proud of her creation and had such a sense of achievement when her older brothers and sisters came home and she presented what she’d made! And she was even more chuffed when they ate one after dinner and said ‘she made the best pudding!’ That is high praise indeed for a 4 year old!
*We were gifted the Baking Box in exchange for a review. However, all thoughts, words and photos are my own.*