Do you cook with your kids? How do they help you in the kitchen?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2011

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yes we usally have kids tuesday cook night. alot of fun.little missy thow lol but i think they well learn and have memoies from it. my dauther loves to bake cookies and cakes

Kristen - posted on 07/13/2011

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Yes, but I am treading lightly. Today, we made gluten free chocolate chip cookie bars. I divided the ingredients into two bowls (half and half) so that my two kids could each add and stir their own portion of the recipe. We've made smores on the charcoal grill with dad's help, we've "custom made" our own fruit salads (adding the type and quantity we want), built burritos, and (thanks to my amazing husband), the kids have made four colors of dinosaur pancakes (adding their own dashes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coloring) and pizza (he makes and extra batch of dough so they can throw it in the air, then gives them the one made for them to top with sauce, cheese, toppings). They love to make smoothies, too. When we hang out and play with play dough, getting them to "pretend they are cooking" also helps me to get an idea of what foods or recipes they are interested in trying or having again.

Addie - posted on 08/12/2011

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We teach our children how to stand, take that first step, say those first words, etc. Now that they have learned all those things that are fun for us, it is now time to teach them to be self sufficient, participating members of a household. And since every member in the home needs to eat, it is a great place to start. Tearing lettuce for a salad, measuring veggies for each person, (portion control) etc. Since you are teaching a child, start making the meal earlier than if you would being alone in the kitchen. Don't rush the child because of the clock. It takes the fun out of cooking for both you and the child. And don't forget to teach the child the 'why' as well as the 'how'. There is a lot of science in cooking. But children don't need to know they are having planned lessons. It takes the fun out of cooking. Don't use big words that the child doesn't understand. Cooking skills a child can understand. Culinary aptitude is way over the head of small children. Always keep in mind the KISS philosophy, "Keep It Simple Stupid". As children grow, they will let you know when they are ready to try something a little more complicated.

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Catherine - posted on 06/27/2012

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Both kids love to help in the kitchen. The 10 year old can manage on her own so I let her make what she wants as long as she cleans it up and as long as Im not making dinner. She requires very little supervision. The 5 year old on the other had needs alot more help. She is not allowed to use the oven in any way shape or form because of a situation we had a little while ago. (Full melt down mode after I told her she COULD put a pan in the oven. I have no way to explain that one!) I have her read me the directions and help me poor things in to pots and pans as well as stir. I let her use a regular dinner knife to cut fruit etc but not the sharp ones. I dont leave her in the kitchen alone at all though.

Jessie - posted on 10/11/2011

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My 2 1/2 year old is attached to me at the hip, so if I want to cook supper I learned quickly that I needed to get her involved. She helps throw produce peels in the recycling, count measured ingredients (that mommy measures out), 'stir (as much as she can)', and even rinse dishes for the dish washer. While it is really messy, and takes much longer than if I were to cook by myself, it is a nice bonding experience. I also want my daughter to grow up loving food and cooking as much as I do!

Donna - posted on 09/30/2011

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Yes I cooked with my kids, grand kids and now with great grand kids. Teach them how to stir, how to crack eggs and not get shells, Let them add measured ingredients. I let my 5 year old great grand daughter use the mixer but only if I am right besider her. She so enjoys making what she calls good food. She goes home and heats what ever her parents give her from a box or freezer. I teach her what really food looks like and smells and tastes like. We were going to plant a garden this year but well I live in the middle west part of TEXAS and we didn't get enough rain to even get the sidewall good and wet. It is never to young. Even toddlers can sit in a high chair and watch. Let them like the beaters.

Leona - posted on 09/23/2011

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they love to watch n help out from time to time. I believe that they think the food will cook faster if they r helping my lol my 5 yr old son he only helps if im frying something. he enjoys battering the food.

Alexandria - posted on 09/20/2011

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Yes! My kids LOVE helping out int he kitchen so I always try to find a way to include them.

When we make enchiladas we make an assembly line, my son places the tortilla down, I add chicken, my daughter adds the cheese, then I wrap it and put it in the baking dish.

A favorite for them is tacos, tho there isn't much to do outside of cooking and cutting veggies so they usually get everything out of the fridge for me and set the table up.

I think the thing they enjoy the most when helping in the kitchen is cracking eggs.

Allie - posted on 09/19/2011

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My son (age3) LOVES to cook with me! He has his own apron and we have a step stool. We don't typically cook anything over heat (he's helped stir spaghetti and made homemade playdough) but he helps me prep dinner and other stuff. He loves to whisk so his favorite is brownies (from a box lol) we also do the bread machine quite a bit but basically I measure, he pours, and he turns it on. And yes, I have let him "cut" I gave him a plastic knife and fork and let him help cut chicken for a salad, and of course I helped by holding his hands.

Sherry - posted on 09/18/2011

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I let my kids do all the measuring, mixing and then I let them pour into the bowls together. Anything that does not contain them getting near the fire.

Kristi - posted on 09/17/2011

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I let my 4 year old help me make dinner all the time. Aliona loves to help me not only in the kitchen, but she also loves to clean. In the kitchen, I let her help pour the sauce in the sauce pan; have her help put spices on the meat, and let her help make dessert. I will let her stur the veggies; but that is about it when it comes to the hot stuff (for right now).

Heather - posted on 09/16/2011

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mine "help" by siting on my counter watching me, tasting and sturing, mostly when im bakeing treats tho

PBnJ Couture - posted on 09/15/2011

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Yes I do cook with my kids. Each one of my five children cook according to their age and abilities. For instance, my 18 year old seasons all meats, my 7 year old combines all liquid ingredients when baking, but at Thanksgiving everyone has a specific dish they are responsible for. That way, all the cooking is not all on my shoulders. It works out for all.

Nicole - posted on 09/15/2011

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That is one of our favorite things to do together. My daughter and my boyfriends son take turns putting in the ingredients, I help with messy stuff. Then we all take turns mixing. They are both 4 and love to cook with me. Sometimes I have no plans to bake with them and they are ready and willing when I get home from work. Its fun and I love it. Two nights ago we made Chocolate Chip cookies, banana bread, and banana blueberry bread. Yummy!

Brea - posted on 09/15/2011

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I let my 9 year old measure and my 3 year old pour it in. Then they take turns stirring. We turn the radio on, do the dishes, and clean up as we go. We can spend time together, cook and clean up all at the same time. They dont even realize how much they are really helping, just like the time to spend with mom.

Robyn - posted on 09/15/2011

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Recently my son has developed an interest in cooking with mommy so i let him help me by mixing and cracking eggs and putting stuff in the oven and checking on stuff. The funny thing is he likes to clean up the dishes as well which is very helpful

Donald - posted on 09/14/2011

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ya my daughter loves to help cook supper and she love to help do dishes and everything else

Yvonne - posted on 09/13/2011

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NOt really with food, but they all help when it's time to bake. We often make cookies or cakes..It's alot of fun having them help. I allow it because those times will be gone soon, they will grow and well, they'll be doing these things with there own children. So while they are still young, whatever I could get them engaged with works.

Tradia - posted on 09/11/2011

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Yes my kids help in the kitchen. I bought the calling all kids cook book for them and I let them take turns choosing what to cook on the weekend. I also teach them that they have to help clean their mess. One of my twins, Jaden, he loves to help cook all the time (calls himself Chief Fry!) I also use it as time to teach them about measurements, time, adding, subtracting, ect. reading. So letting them help cook can come as a benefit in so many more ways! Once my kids started helping me in the kitchen, they appreciated me alot more and not always complaining about not wanting to eat whats fixed when they see how much time and prep it takes. Especially during the holidays!

Melanie - posted on 09/11/2011

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I have them line up outside the kitchen and call them in one at a time for their jobs. Takes longer that way but I have less crowding. My daughter, 12, gets most of the cutting, grating, food processor, or kitchen aide tasks. My older son, 10, gets to stir food on the stove and help with the machines and very rarely gets to use a knife under supervision. And my youngest son, 8 and autistic, opens cans, drains stuff, adds ingredients, and with me doing physical hands on guidance gets to cut or use the stove.

Autumn - posted on 09/10/2011

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My lil guy is only 17 months but he bawls & carries on if I don't let him in the kitchen when I cook. So I let him help by giving him dirty dishes for the sink or trash sometimes he'll help by getting out dish or dumping ingredients in to the mixer when I use it. Though I don't let him around the stove, or oven!

Saraden - posted on 09/09/2011

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I've let my daughter help since she was about a year. She loved to get pots and pans out for me. As she's gotten older, she's able to do more. She loves to crack eggs or peel eggs, beat mixtures, add seasonings. But she is NOT allowed near the stove. Also, rinsing dishes or sweeping and moping, or wiping up messes. I think adding them to these tasks teaches responsibility and makes meals fun so they'll want to eat what they've made.

Addie - posted on 09/08/2011

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I always loved having a child in my kitchen. But I think the best part is when we would sit down to eat as a family and that's night cook would say very proudly, "I made that!" Even if it was just pouring in premeasured ingredients. Of course the other kids would make remarks. But they learned quickly how those words would hurt when it was there turn in the kitchen. Payback time. I always had help with five kids taking turns. When each child got old enough, they got to pick the meal for that night. Mac and cheese was always a favorite. They love the Italian style with tomatoes and the fun part was squishing the tomatoes before they got mixed in. As a reward for their help during the week, Sunday morning breakfast was on the schedule every week. A full breakfast with bacon, eggs of your choice, plenty of toast, orange or tomato juice and pancakes or home fried potatoes. I have always loved family meals with everyone sitting at the table. No eating on the run in my home.



But the biggest treat was pancakes or waffles or even fritters with REAL Grade B maple syrup. With five kids, that was a once every six month treat. I had those little pitchers that they use in restaurants and each one got their own with the syrup in it. that way no waste or anyone taking more than their share.

Lexi - posted on 09/08/2011

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My son just turned two in July and last week was the first time I really let him help me in the kitchen. He's been getting so good at following directions lately and I remember having so much fun cooking with my mom as a kid. He stood on his little step stool at the counter and we made brownies. He tasted everything, poured, helped stir then waited in front of the oven for them to be done cooking! lol It was awesome and I definitely plan on letting him in the kitchen more often now. Sure we had a bit of a mess but he loves to help clean up too. He wiped the counters and helped wash the dishes and put them away.

Deepti - posted on 09/06/2011

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YES and i like it very much... its on weekends when i allow my son to help me in kitchen... he helps in preparation and also serves food to others.. he is very enthusiastic about kitchen work and i make sure that his interest is taken care of. even my 3 yr old also likes to serve and i appreciate her for that though i cecome very cautious when she is in kitchen!!

Tonya - posted on 09/06/2011

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I love cooking with my children. They sit on a stole so I am able to move them when needed but they help put items in the pot after I either cut them or measure out the liquids. I think one of my favorite things to cook with the boys happens to be play dough! Yes, play dough! They love helping from getting the ingredients together to picking out the color they want. (It has to be just right! lol) and the greatest thing, when it is all said and done... they can play with their food! Or what they made! :) I can see how happy they are when we do things together and the feeling I get..... how could you say no to that? :)

Hegotme - posted on 09/05/2011

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Erik and I cooked together plenty of times. He's now old enough and knows enough to cook a meal on his own. I just simply told him to come help and would have him read the directions and talk to him all along. We've always had/have a close relationship so that allowed me to really talk to him about how things can be when he's grown & on his own.

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My daughter is almost 12yo, and has been helping since she could sit on her own... Ok, honestly, at that age (around 7 months), she was just banging plastic & wooden things together, but I told her she was "helping mama", so she would stay in the kitchen with me. When my husband moved in, she was 2yo (her father & I split when she was 17 months) and he asked for her help stirring, getting things from the cupboards/fridge, etc. He'd let her stand on the stool next to him while he prepared & cooked things (he's so good in the kitchen, I rarely make meals anymore). As she's gotten older, she's gained more responsiblities in the kitchen (as well as the rest of the house). When she turned 10yo, my husband put her IN CHARGE of all marinades. At almost 12yo, she make more full meals than her brother (18 1/2yo) & sister (16) put together. ;)

Sally - posted on 09/03/2011

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My 22 month old is too hyper and distractable to be safe in the kitchen. My 7 year old has been stirring cold things and measuring since she was big enough to reach while standing on a safe stool and has recently started cutting and stirring hot things with supervision. They also both help in the garden and plan our weekly menu.

Julie - posted on 09/02/2011

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I let my kids help when they want. Occassionally I will request that they cook. I think the kids cooking night is a great idea. My SS is 13 and can do easy stuff like scramble eggs and I'm trying to teach him that all you have to do is follow directions when cooking. He just mastered mac n cheese, yes the kind out of the box. LOL At least he won't starve. My daughter is 6 and she likes to pour in the ingredients and stir. She tires of stirring quickly though. I think I'll start teaching her to measure soon.

Jessica - posted on 09/01/2011

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8 month old is 'supervisor, 18 month old puts dishes in the sink, monitors time, and tries 2 speed things up. both work 'cheer' section and taste testing.

every once in awhile they even help by playing in the living room...but usually not so much. hehehe

Sharonica - posted on 09/01/2011

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I let my three year old sprinkle the salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese o the tacos. I get the pan good and hot and let her throw the bacon in. When she hears it sizzle she gets too excited. She helped me make cornbread. I measured each ingredient and let her pour it in. There's a million and one safe ways to let them help you in the kitchen.

Sharonica - posted on 09/01/2011

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I let my three year old sprinkle the salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese o the tacos. I get the pan good and hot and let her throw the bacon in. When she hears it sizzle she gets too excited. She helped me make cornbread. I measured each ingredient and let her pour it in. There's a million and one safe ways to let them help you in the kitchen.

Bobbie - posted on 08/31/2011

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I have 4 children, two are grown and on their own and my youngest two are 13 and almost 12 and they have always been in the kitchen with me when I cook. They have learned how to cook this way, and they know not to touch the pans and how to be safe. They help with the measuring, and cutting, and fixing side dishes, and my daughter especially is getting god at cooking and learning safety measures. She is my 11 year old, but even my 13 year old son wants to learn how to cook and does pretty good with it.

Kristina - posted on 08/31/2011

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Yeah! My son loves helping out in the kitchen. Everytime Im cooking he grabs the chair from the table and pulls it into the kitchen to try to help. He helped me make meat loaf a few weeks ago and loved squishing the hamburger to mix everything in. He tried helping making fried eggs today but it didnt go very well lol!

Emma - posted on 08/31/2011

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my daughter (she is 3) will help me stir, ill crack the egg and shell put it in the bowl. ill measure things out and she put it in... but as soon as the oven or stove gets turn on she is out of the kitchen. we have a very small kitchen but if we had a larger one she would be able to help more.

Marla - posted on 08/30/2011

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I try to, usually having them measure, stirring (as long as it's not over the stove.) I try to encourage them helping me pick foods since they are semi picky eaters if they pick it and help prepare it they might actually eat it!

Audra - posted on 08/29/2011

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my 4 year old helps me my 2yr old is still not tall enough to see over the pots on the stove when she is in a chair.I will probably start letting her help next year.

Valerie - posted on 08/27/2011

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At least once a week my daughter and I do a little baking. This helps her learn chemistry and fractions and afterwards she can enjoy the fruit of her labor.

Angelique - posted on 08/27/2011

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Oh yes its a good learning experiance for them. I have 3 kids aged 2y 4 m, 4,y 4 months and 6y,4m they love it and often fight to hold the egg beater. It is easier to put them outside for the messy things, less clean up.

Jocie - posted on 08/25/2011

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Being a pastry chef, I am always in the kitchen making something. Cole loves to watch, and last week, I gave him a little stool and he helped me make scones (his favorite!) I am slowly easing him into baking, since it's a fun and enjoyable experience, and he loves measuring things now and he loves stirring and pouring ingredients in and knows what most of the ingredients in the kitchen are. It's wonderful.
He finds it so much fun to cook with mommy! And now whenever I am in the kitchen he asks me "when we cook again?"

Jo Anne - posted on 08/23/2011

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yes I do!! We started with the simple stuffs like getting him to clean up the table, cut up some carrots and cucumbers and so. Then, he went onto helping me to stir the pot. Recently, he decided that he was going to prepare dinner (sausages, eggs and toasted bread, and orange juice, a slice of fruit!!..OH, and a flower!! all these on a tray!!)...WEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!..oh yes, he had some help on the stove.

Nazy - posted on 08/17/2011

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Absolutely! As long as there's supervision, it is a great way to bond & it teaches them to appreciate fruits & vegetables.
One of my son's favorites is making 'yellow scramble' eggs with tumeric.

Addie - posted on 08/17/2011

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Vanessa, the word "cook" can cover a host of meanings. Adding ingredients to a bowl, stiring, mixing, measuring, cutting, slicing, etc. These are all a part of cooking process. And even if they are very young, you can start preparing them for college living. Show them all the things you can add to and do with Ramen noodles.

Vanessa - posted on 08/16/2011

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I DONT ALLOW THEM TO COOK BUT THEY DO LOVE TO HELP ME PREPARE THE FOOD :) AND THEY ARE A VERY WELL AMOUNT OF HELP LOL :)

Maggie - posted on 08/16/2011

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Of course my kids help in the kitchen. Kids should be taught responsibility from an early age and it should be started while they think work is still fun. I started my kids out with washing veggies and fruits or rinsing out bowls. They moved up to stirring things together, measuring ingredients, cracking eggs, and even cutting up veggies sometimes. They really like helping out and even if it takes longer or is messier I like having them help. My older son's favorite dinnertime chore is cutting up veggies. He's very careful with the knife and has never cut himself.
They also help set and clear the table.
My kids are 3 and 5.

Megan - posted on 08/15/2011

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My 4 year old son loves to help when I cook! He just loves to help me with anything that I am doing, it makes him feel special. I think it is a great thing to let kids help do, and it's fun to get a little messy!

Durga Devi - posted on 08/15/2011

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My son-4.5yrs,Loves Baking and making doughs.I encourage him making creative arts using vegs and fruits.He also helps me packing his lunch and naming the ingredients.

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my little girl is 3 and i have always sat her on the counter which i cook she stands on a chair when i need the counter space. she stirs, puts butter in my pans, helps wash dishes and never leaves my side when we bake i love it. now i know y mom always enjoyed my help.

Diane - posted on 08/14/2011

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Yes,my kids help me with most everything I do.My almost 5 yr old is kinda frustrated lately because she still is not aloud to do anything over the burners or pull things out of the oven.I know she is strong enough to grab the cookie sheet or baking pan but I am too worried about her getting burned,same with her stirring things on the stove top.Plus her younger brother and sister (almost 4 and 3) have a hard time understand why she gets to do more then they can and around the stove I just feel is a safety thing.but they carry everything from and to the fridge,help wash,dry and put away dishes,set the table,clean up after meals,stir things that can be done either on the sideboard or the table (like cakes,muffins and such) they love to help crack and stir eggs and sometimes they get to make their own sandwiches....

Anna - posted on 08/14/2011

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i sat my son in the high chair and he watched me cook. Now my 5 month old twins are doing the same.
My first child is now 2 1/2 years old and he loves to POKE POKE POKE the eggs, he will tip things in for me and even chop soft foods like ripe pears, peaches and banana. Only this week he helped himself to some crackers and peanut butter, the plate, knife and jars and all. Made a good effort.

Keri - posted on 08/12/2011

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Yes! My son and I love to cook and bake together! It depends what we are doing how he helps. With baking he cracks eggs, dumps ingredients and has been learning to use the electric mixer (he holds it, I hold my hand over his and guide so nothing splatters). He's a good timer watcher too and likes to count down from 10 seconds to 0. With my supervision, he is allowed to set the oven to preheat and to slide cold trays in to be cooked. He likes to bake cakes, cupcakes and cookies, but what 4 year old doesn't?!?!?

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