The folks at Make it Sweet here in Austin are letting me teach some kid classes at their shop. The first date is set for April 28 but we’re still working out the details.
I frequently get asked by parents to do these, but in the past at another location most classes were cancelled from lack of participation. Thus, I’m opening it up here for suggestions: what kind of class do you and your kids want? Something very specific where there’s an assigned project we do step-by-step, or a freeform play with your food thing where I’m there as a facilitator to the kids’ own ideas?
What ages? Classes would be very different for the 3-5 set versus 9-12. Some parents want all-inclusive classes for siblings, but kids of different ages can be frustrated by each others’ progress or lack thereof.
Is there a technique your kid(s) particularly want to learn? Note that for older kids who can sit still and pay attention, Make it Sweet is willing to discuss inclusion of those kids in their adult classes, so if they want to learn adult-level techniques be sure to ask about the stuff on the shop’s calendar.
Here’s a poll with various options. Please check anything you’re interested in and would actually consider attending (if you’re not in the Austin area, feel free to comment but please don’t answer the poll).
What do you want in a kids' decorating class in Austin?
- Class in the afternoon (weekend) (71%, 5 Votes)
- On Food: kids decorate real cupcakes/cakes (note that allergies/sensitivities/diets would NOT be catered to) (71%, 5 Votes)
- Young kids - ages 5-9 (57%, 4 Votes)
- Older kids - ages 9-12 (57%, 4 Votes)
- Freeform style: teacher facilitates kids' own creative desires (57%, 4 Votes)
- One Hour (57%, 4 Votes)
- Two Hour (43%, 3 Votes)
- Class in the morning (weekend) (43%, 3 Votes)
- Project style: teacher leads kids through a specific objective (43%, 3 Votes)
- Preschoolers - ages 3-5 (29%, 2 Votes)
- Off Food: kids sculpt with fondant on a board/dummy (29%, 2 Votes)
- All together - ages 3-12 (14%, 1 Votes)
- I'm interested in weekday classes during school hours (for little and/or homeschooled kids) (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
In terms of pricing, we’re considering something in the $15ish range per kid. It’s not a licensed child care facility so a parent/guardian will probably have stick around but could browse the store.
I’m thinking of teaching some simple fondant animals showing basic sculpting/assembly techniques, making them on a board to take home so we don’t have to worry about cupcakes or anything. But opinions would be greatly appreciated!