baking and mathBaking with your kids is a great way to bond, but so many parents are reluctant because of the mess. I don’t blame you if you feel this way—a big mess can create anger and then no one is learning or having fun. While I enjoy baking from scratch, when I am baking with my kids I love pre-made elements. Don’t worry! You can still include a lot of learning even if there is no measuring.

What You Will Need

easy chocolate croissants and

  • some premade crescent rolls
  • two types of filling – preferably those you can count like raisins, chocolate chips, or nuts. We used caramel filled chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles.
  • baking sheet and parchment paper


How to Set It Up & Learn a Little

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  1. Open the dough package and place the triangles on the cookie sheet.
  2. I like to joke around and say things like “OK, time to fill these ovals.” My kids will laugh and say, “No, no, these are triangles!” Then I keep it going saying ” Oh, you are so right, of course, these are triangles, look they have eight sides!” I am being silly and they are “teaching” me about triangles.

Time To Bake & Learn Some More

The recipe is pretty simple. Just fill the rolls with the chocolate chips and sprinkles, roll, and bake. I had no specific lesson plan, but I did provide the sprinkles and chocolate chips knowing that some learning would emerge. Sure enough, it did.

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The five-year-old immediately started making patterns. These croissants were so packed with “learning” I was worried they wouldn’t bake!
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The three-year-old carefully added the chocolate chips and counted them one by one. I made sure to ask ” Which has more?” After that, the 5-year-old took over as the teacher and started asking “Can you point to the triangle with two?” and so on.

Roll the croissants and bake according to the package directions. Cool and eat.

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I hope this shows you what an adventure in learning baking can be, even when it’s not from scratch!

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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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