Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kids Baking Class

I conducted a kids muffin baking workshop on Sat. Though it seemed easy with simple mix of ingredients like milk, eggs, flour and some mixed fruits, the preparation and printing of certs and recipe started as early as 2-3 weeks ago.

It was fun and enjoyable but the oven at the school didn't quite work to my expectations :( It left some parents pretty unhappy due to the long waiting time and I guess this could have been better handled. And since it was my maiden kids baking workshop, I couldn't quite manage 10 kids and 10 parents in one setting. Well I guess we always learn from mistakes and past experiences.

Nevertheless I saw some happy faces as the children and parents walked out with boxes of freshly baked muffins and chocolate chip cookies :)


I tried to allow ample opportunities for hands on learning.


23 comments:

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi Missy,
There's always a first time! Just like my 1st Cookie Art Workshop! We just learn from our mistakes don't we? If we never start, we'll never learn. Good for you!

Missy said...

Tks for ur encouragement. I was asked to conduct another one this yr end but I have declined. Dont want to raise everyone's expectations and fail to deliver again ;(

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi Missy,
But why? What a disappointment! By the fact that they asked you to conduct, that means you are good enuf! Aw, I feel so disappointed for the organiser or whoever. You've done once, you would have been prepared. I think it's your expectation too high, not the participants. That is what you are fearful about. Hope you don't mind me saying this. :p

Missy said...

But i cant handle 10 kids at one go, and parents really have got certain expectations for these paid classes..and it wasnt easy handling them.. thats why.. so to avoid all possible probs, i declined. hope they can find better more professional experienced baking instructors.

But i just tried the first time just to have a feel :)

Christina said...

Bummer about the oven, but it sounds like it was a success overall! Next one will def be easier simply because you have prior experience.

Missy said...

Tks Christina.. apart from the not so optimal oven I couldnt handle 10kids at a go and parents fedback that they prefer individual bowls for each kid, which was impossible to me at that price. Anyhow hope they can find a better instructor :)

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi Missy,
I see. Well, nevermind, at least you tried. Sometimes, people pay peanuts and expect to get bananas. Not possible right? I understand how you feel. Nevermind, you'll get a better "offer" next time! :)

Missy said...

Tks Christina but it was def a fun session!! Theres always a first time

Junglefrog said...

As you say there is always a first time for everything. At least it looks like a fun class!

Missy said...

tks everyone!

Anonymous said...

Dear Missy, as a parent I do admire anyone that takes initiative to teach baking to kids. One can't help but have flour all over the table or on their heads! :p I guess that's the fun part. I am looking for baking class for my kids as one of them is really interested. However, neither do I have a specific time I can consistently allocate or the patient to teach :P. Well not to mention my skill - not so very good. I do hope you will consider to have it especillay this school holiday or let me know if you know any other classes around. Thank you and congrats on your 1st class! Didi.

Missy said...

HI Annonymous. I would love to conduct a kids baking class, but 10per class with 10 parents isnt quite possible for me as a beginner. If its 5 kids or lesser at a go, i might consider. And if parents are open, I could do a private one at their homes :)

Anonymous said...

hi missy
i really like baking so i was thinking about going to your place but i dont know that much

Missy said...

hihi

im no expert too but let me know how i can help :)

Anonymous said...

Hi.. I'm also planning a baking birthday party for my 6yr old daughter. Can you help me with information on how & from where to print certificates to give the kids.thanks

Missy said...

HI Annonymous

I actually did the design and printing myself. I had only about 20 kids so I simply used Microsoft Word to create the document and printed in a colour laser printer with a fancy paper.

hope that helps

children baking program said...

A baking class for children is a great workshop to attend. The best is a few days or weeks after the workshop where your children would try out the things that they have learned

Missy said...

i agree.. must always put the knowledge to practice!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm responding a little late here. But any advise would be great. I've been asked to start baking / cooking classes for kids (age 2-6) at a local centre. My own kids are always in the kitchen with me (age 2&3) but this is a little different. I don't want to exceed 5 kids per class. Do you have any words of wisdom?

Missy said...

HI there...

Maybe you could reply to the centre saying that 5 kids per class is about the most you can handle at any one time. This is to ensure best attention given to the kids. Any more would lose the interaction opportunity with the kids and hence affecting the quality of the teaching. More kids would also mean lesser fun time and more sharing amongst the kids.

hope this helps and all the best in your teaching.

Anonymous said...

Hey Missy,

I am planning to start a baking class too for kids and yes, I intend to keep the number of kids capped at 5. any other advise that u could share post your experience considering this will be my first too, will be highly appreciated. this will happen at my home.

And Missy, you must give this another shot. Honing young talent in creative fields is most satisfying and if such an activity, that obviously calls for skill and is messy, if undertaken by a third party is more than appreciated by parents in the long run. So do look at the rewards of the long term.

Cheers,

SWR

shanee said...

hi missy i really want to start somethng like his for kids ages 6-10 how do i get it started and do i need any special experience?

Missy said...

HI.. im not a qualified teacher but i think knowledge of baking and TLC for kids are a good start :)