To avoid getting messy in your kitchen is as easy as sending your kids away from it. But, with a little different preparation from your usual, cooking with your kids will bring fresh air to your kitchen. There will be lots of memories to be treasured, memories that will bond you with them. Besides, you can unconsciously teach them some importance disciplines, too, such as to understand how time works, to build some basic skills including reading and converting mathematical measurement, to boost creativity and confidence, to bridge communication and connection, and anything else you might better to name them than me.
If preparing meals for dinner has a long way to go, then try to make a start by decorating their favorite muffin first. Or, you can simply involve them to take part in decorating their birthday cake! Using fondant that they may find it similar to their everyday doh, will certainly ignite their creativity and enthusiasm.
Kids love animals! They come in their everyday-cartoon and even be the caustic identities of their favorite heroes and heroines. It is gender neutral too, in case you want to bring such neutral figurines to your kids. After all, considering these animal fondant ideas might be a good thing to begin with.
1. Safari Animals Fondant
When it comes to decorating cake with your kids, it is better to keep everything in its simplest way. Thus, it will be a good idea to try making safari animal cupcake toppers with them.
The first thing you could do is preparing some prints of animals’ faces. Ask your kids to name some jungle animals they saw last time they visited the zoo. Give them a chance to pick their favorites and bring them in your baking platform. Lions, tiger, elephant, monkey, zebra, and giraffe might appear in that list; thus, make sure you can prepare fondant with suited colors.
Start kneading and rolling your fondant and cut them into round circles, depending on your cupcakes’ diameters. Make some teardrop-shaped fondants with an indentation to make them look like ears. Create some eyes using black and white round-shaped fondant. Using paint brush and water, stick all the pieces together. Give smiles to each faces using a sharp cutter. Let your kids burst their imagination by asking them to put details on those faces. Either to give the tiger its stripes, or to put a mane on lion’s head, or create a huge trunk on their shy elephant’s face.
2. Farm Animals Fondant
Creating cartoon-like fondants of their favorite animals barn family will stimulate their motor; just like when they make figurines using their clay. Prepare some cupcakes along with you. First of all, ask your kids to knead and roll green fondant as a base for their animals to stand. Press the green fondant using cookie texture and cut them into circles using a cookie cutter. Work side by side with your kids to make Mrs. Piggies and their kids, curly-haired sheep along with the shepherd dog, hatching chicks, and some lazy cows. Put each animal on top of the green covered fondant cupcakes and call your kids’ friends to enjoy the sweet together.
3. Under the Sea Themed Fondant
Let your kids take part in making their birthday cake by considering this under the sea themed birthday cake. This cute fondant for kids may make you having a little more preparation for the cakes. Make your kids involve in the making too. Ask them to measure the ingredients while you make the dough. Let them lick the beaters and don’t forget to praise them. After all the baking preparations are done, start kneading and rolling quite large fondant with desired color. Before putting it on the cake, stack two different size cakes and spread chocolate ganache on top of the cake to enrich the chocolate flavor. Cover the cakes with the colored fondant and put them aside.
Just like making their everyday figurines, guide them to make some sea animals to be put on your cake. It is better if you can come up with the blueprint of your designated cake. Ask them to give color to the fondant and start making the move!
Make some sea creatures decorations using the colored fondant with your kids first. Create some cockle sea shells by flattening up some fondant and giving some grits using a knife on it. Pinch the narrow end and fold to make them look like the real cockle shells.
Without giving further explanation, try to ask your kids to make some sea serpents. Make some fun, rolling the fondant using your palms to create skinny snakes together with your kids. Arrange them, so that the five snakes are glued to the small flatten up ball. Go even more creative by pulling gently the coil of the snakes to make tendril-like sea worms.
Make some starfish by putting five arms and using fondant embosser, trace the line in the middle of each arm. To make your little one’s mini ocean looks more real, try to add some seaweed by embossing the (put together) three snakes shaped fondant too.
Last of all, arrange all the sea creatures on the stacked up cakes using a paint brush and some water. Add some edible ocean themed decoration you can buy at the nearby store. Or, you can make edible sand by chopper some brown sugar and wafers to be spread on the adorable cake.