Make and Bake
Homemade kindness for young chefs
Next time you’re in the mood to bake, turn it into a chance to make a difference in someone’s day.
A friend or acquaintance that could use some cheering up, or residents of a nearby nursing home, veterans’ home or other institution.
What You’ll Need
- Recipe and ingredients for your favorite treat
- Homemade card to go along with your goodies (optional)
- Think about the possible beneficiaries of your baked goods. If you’re considering donating to an institution, call first to be sure they can accept your donation.
- Decide which recipe you want to make, especially a family favorite the kids can assist with. Peruse these
kid-friendly recipes if you need ideas.
- Get baking!
- If desired, decorate a card to accompany your treats.
- Deliver your goods with your children.
- How do you feel when you receive an unexpected gift from someone?
- When we give someone a homemade treat, it lets that person know we are thinking of them. How do you think the recipient of our gift will feel?
- What are some other small acts of kindness we can do for people in our lives? Who are some people you think could use some cheering up?
- Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven (Puffin, 2004). Ages 3 and up. A delightful story in rhyme about how one woman’s bread baking brings sun and happiness to a town that is snowy and cold.
- Baking Kids Love by Sur La Table and Cindy Mushet (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009). Ages 8 and up. Delicious recipes complied by a mother-daughter team. There is something for everyone — from cakes and cookies to savory breads and pizza dough.
Take It Further
- Each time you bake together, make some extra to give to a neighbor or friend.
- Gather a group of friends and make several types of treats to share with various recipients.
- Share Our Strength sponsors the Great American Bake Sale to help end childhood hunger. Hold a bake sale in support of this great cause.
- Check out Spread the Bread and learn how you can bake bread and cookies for our troops.
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