Cooking and baking is a big passion of mine and one I’d love to pass on to Caterpillar, and so far he does seem really engaged with making cakes and biscuits. Like many mums and toddlers, it’s something we love to do together.
So when I spotted BusyBakers Box on Twitter I had to find out more from them. The three mums/teachers behind BusyBakers Box came up with the idea of creating a subscription service which delivers pre-measured baking ingredients and a fun recipe to your door every month, specifically aimed at children under six. Since they are also educators, the kits also work within an educational framework and help to develop children’s key skills. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect in Caterpillar’s first box but I’ve been so, so impressed.
What do you get?
- Pre-measured flour
- Pre-measured sugar
- Pre-measured chocolate chips for melting
- Chocolate Sprinkles
- Stainless steel moustache shaped cookie cutter
- Detailed baking instructions, including photos
- Supplies to make one card
- Cellophane bag and tag for packaging your cookies
- Busy Bakers Reward Chart & Sticker
We received our box a few weeks ago and Caterpillar has been desperate to make the moustache biscuits ever since, unfortunately we’ve been mega busy so when I told him today was the day he was crazy excited in a way only a toddler about to make sweet treats can be!
The enclosed instructions are so clear and easy to read, with lots of photos too. Caterpillar wanted to be involved in every stage and because BusyBakers Box specifically chose a recipe suited to the younger age group he was able to. From mixing and kneading to rolling out and cutting, he loved every moment and we had a fab time together.
- Caterpillar loved that the package was actually addresses to him, a cute touch
- It’s really exciting to wonder what you’ll get each month, and it’s awesome that each box is themed (especially loved the quirkyness of moustache shaped cookies)
- I really appreciate the branding and quality of the contents, you can tell so much thought has gone into the product
- The super clear instructions
- Having everything pre-measured meaning no shopping, no weighing and no waste (all you have to add are the more perishable ingredients, in this case only butter)
- The BusyBaker Box educational rainbow feature – there is a section on the instructions which explains that the product is developed inline with Oftsted’s Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and a key to explain which skills the coloured hexagon on each recipe coincides with. It’s always good to know your little ones are learning something as well as having fun.
- I was pleasantly surprised when we opened our box to discover that as well as the baking each box also contains a mini craft activity (in this case a blank greeting card, small moustache templates to cut out and stick on and gift wrapping and tag to wrap your finished treats
- Beautifully designed reward chart and sticker, looking at this it seems as you collect more boxes and more stickers you recieve rewards in the form of free gifts
- Attention to detail – e.g. at the top of the instruction sheet it even explains what knead and temperature mean, perfect for our little bakers. You can really tell how passionate BusyBaker Box’s founders are about baking and education.
- You get to keep the cool cutter!
- If you don’t find it easy to find baking inspiration, or it’s not an activity you do much of with your kids, it’s a great way to get into it and find simple motivation and encouragement
- At only £9 per month/box (or £8.50 if you sign up for three months), it’s also brilliant value for money in my opinion. It would also make a lovely gift for any family you know.
As you can tell by now, I’m completely sold on this concept and I’m really curious as to what next month’s box might hold. To find out more, or to subscribe, visit busybakersbox.com.