It seems to me that baking is an ideal education tool.
• Maths is covered by weighing out ingredients or measuring them using fractions of a cup (often used in American recipes).
• Initiative is used when altering recipes - today our vegan chocolate cake recipe came to a standstill when we realised we had run out of cocoa powder! A quick think and we used coffee instead and added extra flour to compensate for the lack of cocoa powder.
• Science is found in all aspects of baking - combining ingredients and watching the effects they have on each other, seeing how heat changes their appearance and taste. Every step of a recipe is determined by the chemistry of the ingredients.
• Mixing cake batter, pouring, kneading and rolling out dough are good for coordination and give different sensory feedback.
• You can read recipes together with a young child and let an older child read them to you instead.
Most importantly, you get to eat cake at the end of it all!