Baking with your preschooler is so rewarding for all involved and can help them to be less picky with food. The key is to start simply with something they are guaranteed to enjoy and to forget perfection, it can get messy and it may not look anything like the picture – yet this is where the magic happens… So, here we have a simple favourite to get you started with thanks to Southwell Preschool. As well as designing tartan, making haggis and learning poems, the shortbread baking formed one of their activities celebrating Burns Night.



250g   or    9 oz   Plain Flour
75g     or    3 oz   Sugar
175g   or    6 oz   Butter

Take the handwash, sleeves up, aprons on train….

Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas Mark 3.

Line your baking tray with tin foil – It’s easy to work with for little fingers and easy to clean up afterwards.











Weigh out the ingredients, involve your child with checking the numbers.




Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and rub into fine breadcrumbs,
then divide equally between the children if you have more than one.



Squash and Roll into balls – Cut in half – Create Fingers
or indeed any shape and animal your little one’s heart desires.

Prick all over with a fork.





Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Sprinkle with sugar as soon as they come out of the oven.

Allow to cool and that’s it – super easy shortbread.


I hope you enjoy eating your shortbread creations as much as we did, we would love to see your pictures.

For those interested here is how this all links to Ofsted Areas of Development:
We always look out for the development milestones within our children whether activities are child led or pre-planned, this recipe was part of a number of Burns Night activities, celebrating special occassions and other customs and cultures. We are developing mathematics by weighing out ingredients and discovering that things change when we cook them, introducing a little bit of science. Lots of new words were learned and it promoted communication. This covers areas of learning from both the prime areas and the specific areas of development. But most importantly it’s Messy & Fun !

Thanks for reading.


Ann Best

Ann Best

Supervisor at Southwell Preschool

Our preschool is a non-profit charitable setting staffed with qualified professional child care workers and run by a voluntary management committee. Sessions are for children from the age of 2 until they start school. We pride ourselves in being child and environment led  providing playful activities in our building/garden as well as experiences within the community and our parkland setting.

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