Learning Opportunities at the Local Bakery

If your child has ever asked to help you as you bake a cake, cookies or cupcakes, then a field trip to a local bakery may be a hit. It's a great opportunity to teach your child about professional baking while also getting a peek behind the scenes of a local business.

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Before You Go

Before visiting your local bakery, ask you child what he or she knows about baking. There are a variety of questions you can ask that will get your child thinking about what may be seen during the visit, such as the following:

  • What types of foods do bakeries make?
  • What are your favorite baked goods?
  • What ingredients do bakers use?
  • How are baked goods made?

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If you have store-bought baked goods in your home, such as bread, have your child study the packaging to see where the items were made. If you primarily bake from scratch, your child can look at common ingredients, such as flour, sugar and eggs, to see where they come from. Your child can then compare the ingredients you use at home to those the bakery uses, in terms of where they come from and what types and sizes of packaging they come in. Finally, as with all field trips to local businesses, be sure to call first and ask if they allow tours for families or groups.

Teaching Moments at the Site

Your experience at a local bakery can vary based on the particular business you're visiting. However, it's common for field trips to include a tour of the kitchen. Your child can learn about how different types of baked goods are prepared, from the mixing of ingredients to the actual baking process. You may also get to witness a pastry chef crafting with frosting or other design work.

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Your child may be permitted to assist in the baking, though it's a good idea to avoid setting this expectation. Health code regulations will likely forbid your child from helping with any products intended for sale. Some bakers may allow your child to work on items that he or she will eventually eat or take home, such as cookies or donuts.

After Your Visit

A visit to the bakery may spark an interest in baking at home, an activity that can be both interactive and educational. Younger children can help stir dry or wet ingredients. They may also be able to add measured ingredients to a mixing bowl. Older children might be able to help crack eggs, measure ingredients or work a hand mixer. Ultimately, your trip to a local bakery can inspire a lifelong appreciation and understanding of fresh baked goods.

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