I am so excited to bring you this new, ongoing series Kids in The Kitchen. I have a passion for cooking and an even greater passion for my kids so it seemed natural to bring the two together. There are so many reasons letting kids in the kitchen to help is a great idea,especially when they are young. Here are a few of my favorite reasons:
Kids in The Kitchen
- Family or one on one bonding time
- Learning math and science skills (measuring, scientific reactions like bread rising,etc)
- It’s a great alternative to screen time
- Giving them some control over food choices and preparation makes them much more likely to try new and healthy foods.
- Learn kitchen safety early on.
- Kids that help in the kitchen at young age are more willing and able to help cook and clean the kitchen later on.
- It’s fun!
You do not have to run right out and buy everything in their size ( it is tempting, believe me I know-the struggle is real, moms) You can use whatever you have on hand but a few items will make it more fun and a bit easier to have tools that fit their little hands. I grabbed a couple basic items myself- a cutting board, a knife (a plastic knife that will only cut bread, lettuce, and similar items) and other items in these kits. My almost 4 year old LOVES to help me in the kitchen, and I like that most of these products are unisex, so it was worth it to me to invest in these 3 sets.
Curious Chef 17 piece Measure & Prep Kit– This one was kind of a must have for me, just some basic kitchen tools in their size. If you grab nothing else this is a great starter set.
Curious Chef Pizza Kit– Not just for pizza this kit had several pieces in it that I can already envision used in many ways- the pizza roller can be used to cut tortillas, homemade fruit roll ups, bread, pastry, and more, the knife will be uses for sandwiches,lettuce, and other soft fruits and veggies.
Curious Chef 6 piece Cookie Kit- Pint sized rolling pin, cookie cutters all their own, spatula, whisk, and a silicone spoon – another good basic set.
See how easy it is to get overwhelmed with the cuteness of mini sized everything? Start out small to get them interested and excited and add to their collection as you go.I bought a cute simple basket to keep it all in the pantry- giving it a home will encourage them to take care of the items and put them away for the next time ( I hope!)
This series will include simple, healthy, and kid friendly foods like- Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Mac N’ Cheese, Cauliflower Crust Mini Pizzas, and Flavorful Fruit Salad. Each recipe will include a FREE printable 4×6 recipe card for you to keep. We are also going to be bringing you a homemade apron tutorial and maybe a few other kitchen surprises. (Check back later- there will be links to these specific recipes and more as we post them)