Until the end of August, garden centres in The Garden Centre Group are running summer holiday bake and play sessions for little ones. For £6.95 per child they can enjoy a cookie making lesson, a free cuddly toy, plenty of squash and fun activities while the cookies are in the oven.
We were invited along to our nearest centre, Old Barn Nursery near Horsham, to take part in one of the sessions.
Although I do lots of baking with the children, I tend to use my mixer, so they don't often get the opportunity to mix up ingredients by hand. There was plenty of mess, and it was very nice not having to worry about needing to clean it up! They made a simple cookie recipe, the ingredients were measured out for them and they just had to mix it all up. They made two huge cookies each.
The lady running the session was lovely and friendly, and great at interacting with the children. When the cookies went into the oven she organised a taste testing game. With my fussy eaters, I was quite surprised at how willing they were to have unknown foods spooned into their mouths! There were also some colouring activities for them to do, and they mixed up their icing ready for the next stage.
Dripping the icing onto the cookies and adding sprinkles was a lot of fun and they both got nice and sticky. Then we packed up the cookies to bring home, they chose a new stuffed friend to bring home with them, and we spent some time in the play area at the other end of the cafe before heading home.
We had a great time at the session. There were only three children taking part so it wasn't too crowded and there was plenty of space to do everything. It was a great way to enjoy something fun with the children without worrying about any preparation or tidying. And the cookies were delicious too!
You can find out more details and book a session on the Garden Centre Group website.
We received a complimentary session in exchange for a review on the blog.