My kids love to bake. Muffins, cookies, cakes, rice crispy treats. You name it...they love making it! Baking is our absolute favorite, rainy-day activity. Unfortunately, our kitchen has rather high countertops and my kids have to use step-stools to reach. While the step-stools work, I've noticed that when we bake, about a third of our ingredients (and sometimes our bowls and measuring cups!) wind up on the floor. Measuring and pouring flour can be a messy endeavor for little hands!
So, the other day, when we geared up to make some muffins, I decided to move the whole project to the floor. This way, we could ditch the step-stools and bring the mess to my kids' level. As it turned out, this was way way easier. My kids could sit comfortably and take turns with tasks. And I didn't stress as much about the mess, since I knew all spills were contained to one area.
Now, I realize that the idea of cooking on the floor may sound unsanitary. So, you'll want to make sure the floor is clean. Give the floor a scrub/sweep or whatever it needs before baking. Or if your floors are pretty grimy, consider putting a clean towel on the floor where you plan to work.
And of course, make sure your pets leave the kitchen when you start the baking process. Furry creatures may get a little too excited when they see a bunch of fun, edible things laid out in their territory 🙂