Getting the kids in the kitchen!

January 10, 2017

At Simply Kitchens, Plymouth we believe the kitchen is a space that should be enjoyed by everyone. A place for both grown ups and children, the heart of the home, a place to be creative and have fun as a family.

The thought of letting your kids loose in the kitchen may be a little bit daunting, but it really is a great way to teach them lots of new skills and keep them entertained. The thought of letting your kids loose in the kitchen may be a little bit daunting, but it really is a great way to teach them lots of new skills and keep them entertained. Children love nothing more than activities with their parents and there's no better way of spending a rainy Sunday than baking up a storm in the kitchen with your little chefs. It doesn't have to be a three course meal, even something as simple as stirring can be exciting for a child!

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Here are a few ways of getting your children involved in the kitchen:

Involve them with the shopping.....

A trip to the supermarket can be a chore and boring for children so why not make it interesting for them? Try writing a simple list of a few ingredients, or a picture list if they can't yet read, which your child can spot as you walk round. This will teach them new skills and keep them occupied whist you shop!

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Measuring and pouring......

Measuring ingredients is a great way to get children counting and understanding different quantities of ingredients. Teaching measurements such as "tsp" and "tbs" and keeping track of how many teaspoons are already in the bowl is great for development.

Stirring and Mixing......

Getting them stirring simple mixes for cakes, flapjack or icing is fun and exciting for a child. Things which require kneading such as bread dough is also a great way to get your mini chef in the making excited for a bit of messy kitchen fun. Just rip off a small piece for them to knead alongside you!

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Setting the table......

Children can learn to lay the table mats, napkins and cutlery which also helps with learning left and right.

Writing a menu......

Another fun way to get your child involved in dinner is to get them to write out and decorate a menu for the table, it helps with learning new foods, writing skills and spelling.

Cleaning up......

Time to embrace your inner Mary Poppins! OK you don't have to sing but it's important for children to learn that after every activity it is important to clean and tidy up, tasks such as doing the dishes and tidying away should always be made part of the activity as a whole.

At Simply Kitchens we look at every aspect of your family life before designing your kitchen. We believe that everyone is different and will create the perfect kitchen to fit your families needs.

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