One of the best ways to bond with your child is through baking. You’ll be surprised at how fun and easy it is!
Try one of our Tiny Bakers recipes below.
With our dipped sugar cookies, we mix our butter, flour and sugar together, thereby strengthening the finger muscles. (Fine motor skills) We roll the dough and cut out shapes , and promote hand-eye coordination and again fine motor skills. When baked, the decorating...
With our buttermilk scones lesson we teach the children about dairy products and show them photos of a cow. We ask the children what products that we can eat or drink comes from milk. We then use cream and whisk it to show them how butter and buttermilk is made. The...
With our lemon muffins the lesson is about lemons and the lemon tree. With this lesson, we take a small lemon tree with either blossoms or small lemons already growing on the tree. We teach the children the colours green, yellow, brown of the soil , as well as the...
How we started out
The idea for Tiny Bakers came from the realization that children not only love baking,but that baking also stimulates a variety of skills, which are essential in the development of a child – especially during the first couple of years of a child’s life.
Apart from the fact that skills are stimulated, baking is a relaxing activity, and is therefore an excellent activity for the shy or highly strung toddler or child. The classes take place in a relaxed atmosphere, and special attention is given to a child that is shy or a bit averse to trying out new foods. We had immense success with this as a child will often try out food they don’t usually want to when their friends try it.
I started out with baking classes at branches of the Opti-Baby Schools, which is part of the Optico group. During 2012 our first classes started at the Eldoraigne Branch in Pretoria.
Expanding to Tiny Bakers
After four years, we had such a demand for our classes that we are expanding to schools outside of the Optico group. This branch is called Tiny Bakers.
Our Tiny Bakers
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05 OctoberWe will bake cupcakes and decorate them with fondant bugs, bees, flowers and butterflies. Celebrate the coming of spring! Parents can spend quality time with their children, baking and having fun, or children can be dropped off to do the class...
24 & 31 August | 09:00 - 12:00 We will bake cupcakes and decorate them with fondant owls we make ourselves.Parents can spend quality time with their children, baking and having fun, or children can be dropped off to do the class individually.All ingredients are...
20 July 2019 | 09:00 - 11:30 For this class we will make apple chicken curry with jasmin rice, followed by red velvet waffles with ice cream for dessert!Parents can spend quality time with their children, cooking and having fun, or children can be dropped off to do...
Tiny Bakers Baking Classes
During a typical class we will do a lesson on either a fruit, spice or vegetable. An excellent example is the orange and chocolate muffins. I take a small orange tree, preferably with some blossoms, to our class. We will touch the leaves of the tree to feel that it is smooth. I then point out to the children that the tree needs water and sunlight to grow.
We learn all the colours involved such as brown soil, green leaves, orange for the oranges, white for the blossoms. We also smell that the blossoms are extremely fragrant . We learn that the blossoms will grow and become an orange. I then cut an orange in half and show the children that it fits together like a puzzle, therefore the two pieces are not two oranges, but forms one orange.
The message here is the start of fractions. We know that everything we show and tell little ones are cemented into their subconscious minds, and will help when they go to school in two or three years time. Learning takes place in a playful and relaxed atmosphere. We then squeeze out the fresh juice and let everyone taste.
We then use the juice and orange zest in our recipe. Each child gets a mixing bowl and wooden spoon, as well as dry ingredients and liquids that they mix together. We learn new words e.g. wooden spoon, whisk, dough, etc. We put some paper muffin cups into our muffin pans and fill it up with dough. Some muffin cups are empty, some full and some half full – we then count to see how many muffin cups are filled up and how many empty. We bake our muffins in a small oven and show the children that the heat causes our muffins to rise up. A valuable lesson is that children should not touch the hot stove, but that mommy or daddy or another adult should put their products in the oven and take it out.
The best part at the end is of course tasting! We send a little gift pack with the day’s recipe to the parents after every class.
Catering for food allergies
Parents who have allergic children can rest assured, as we cater for nut, gluten, egg, wheat and dairy allergies. Please specify your child’s allergies in the registration form. In the case of gluten or wheat allergies, we request that parents provide one packet of gluten free/wheat free flour. Excellent wheat free products are available at large pharmacies. Feel free to enquire if you have any questions.
How to find Tiny Bakers
106 A Dundalk Street
Retha Basham | Founder
Cell: 082 945 3567
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Enrol your School
When parents enrol their children, they receive an apron and hat set with an embroidered Tiny Bakers logo.
Parents are also welcome to order a personalised chef apron and hat set for their children at the cost of R130.
Part Time Work Available
B.Ed and primary school teaching students required for presenting classes to toddlers on a part time basis. Excellent opportunity as this only takes 2 hours of your time per day and two to three days per week. Own vehicle required, students to present classes in Pretoria if you are situated in Pretoria. Johannesburg students required for the Rosebank and Bedfordview area.
Email email@example.com for more information. Please submit your CV, along with your name and copy of your drivers license.