Kids in the Kitchen!
The hub of most family
activity is often in or around the kitchen. Get your kids involved early
on! Create loving memories while you teach them to respect, maintain and
love the role of the family kitchen.
Have a blackboard for kids to write the menu on.
Let kids choose weekend menus and weekday
veggies and desserts
Let them sprinkle, pound, knead, stir and
Proud Presentation: (for kids 12 and under) Take
Polaroids: 1. Ingredients all set out 2. The prepared dish before
cooking 3. The finished cooked dish. 4. A shot of the little one hard
at work for bragging rights! Tape the pics to a piece of cardboard and
let the little host/hostess hog the limelight, explain the process with the
family gathered around the table.
Have a low counter or table for them to work
with their own "little people" sized utensils, spoon rest, dishcloth and
small, lined trash can for messes.
If you don't have an apron - make a hand towel
"apron" by folding a dish towel over a ribbon tied around the child's
waist (for wiping little messy hands). Teach the importance of cleaning as
Kids love to sort! Let kids sort your plastic
ware containers and match them up with the right lids.
Let them help plant and tend a kitchen herb
garden; have a list of favorite recipes
to choose from that use each different herb in kitchen. Show them that food
doesn't grow in stores.
Washings dishes: Fill a sink with soapy warm
water, express how you just can't seem to get the gunk off those baked-on
dishes and you really need your kids' help. Watch the combination of 20
minutes of exuberant play mixed with scrubbing determination make your job
mush easier. Little kids really want to please and impress their parents in
this fun way to boost self esteem. (Place a towel on the floor and be
prepared to wipe the soapy water below the sink so no one slips)
Encourage creativity and
exploration in a controlled kid's kitchen environment and the lessons of
cleaning as you go and safety will add to the respect and love of the kitchen,
not steer them away from it!