Step 1: Have kids read the recipe out loud to make sure they have all the ingredients and equipment, and enough time to prepare the recipe.
Step 2: Next, clear and clean a work area to prepare the recipe. You can sanitize counter tops by adding 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Let air dry or dry with a paper towel.
Step 3: Set out all ingredients, pans and baking tools listed in the recipe. This is also a good time to preheat the oven if you are baking. Teach kids to use dry hot pads when handling hot pans, pots and dishes; to handle knives safely; to be careful with hot liquids; and to tie back hair and not wear baggy clothing when cooking.
Step 4: Measure accurately! Help kids choose the correct measurement tool for liquid and dry ingredients, and follow the steps in the recipe.
Step 5: Last but not least, have the kids help with clean up before sampling the final product!