Some of my fondest memories of the years I taught Sunday school were the times I’d bake treats for my first- and second-graders in the church kitchen. I’d make snack cakes in the shape of the cross or the letter “J” for Jesus. Sometimes, I’d bring in blueberries I had picked from a local farm and make muffins for the kids.
Safety always came first. I had an assistant instructor who watched the kids in the classroom next door while I baked.
NFPA provides kitchen fire safety materials with children in mind on the Sparky the Fire Dog website, including the “Make Your Own Kid-Free Zone” and the “Safety in the Kitchen” activity sheets. Those, along with the “Hunt for Home Hazards” and the videos “Aunt Dottie’s Kitchen Rules,” “Keep Kids Away from Cooking Areas,” and others, provide an entertaining way for children to learn about cooking safety.