But it's hard to let a one and three year old knead bread. They need really clean hands, and they lose interest long before the job is done, reducing the "we did it" feeling to a "we helped" feeling. Still good, but when I use a dough hook, they can add every ingredient to the bowl if I measure them first, turn on the mixer, watch it knead the dough (they watched an entire five minutes... mesmerized!) and even oil the bowl for it to rise in.
Inspired by Will's Montessori preschool, I try hard to let the kids do as much for themselves as possible. In the day to day rush, it can be hard, and I don't always do as well as I like.
Making bread or cooking with the boys is an exercise for me to work on letting them do everything they can, helping as little as possible. They carry the ingredients to the counter, wash and dry their own hands, dump everything into the bowl, and help clean up.
It takes A LONG TIME. That means that for a good hour, they're not making a mess or fighting with each other anywhere else :)
Note: the brandy in the photo was for a fig log I made - not to help me get through the supervision process, I promise :)