April is fast approaching and along with that, school holidays. Small hands will soon be reaching for snacks from the kitchen and you’ll soon hear the clatter of not so little and muddy feet around your gleaming kitchen floors. Now is the time to teach little ones how to clean up in the kitchen and this includes those muddy floors. You’re going to be challenged in the weeks to come.
What better method to keep those precious little ones under your scrutinizing eye than the kitchen? Here you can encourage them to assist you. The idea of inviting them into your domain may sound a bit intrusive at first, but consider the many benefits you’ll be reaping. Nutritionists and child behaviorists encourage such methods of keeping children busy. Why you may ask, well, there are many valid reasons.
Not only does it keep little ones busy, it also helps you to know where they are and what they are doing so you know they’re not getting into mischief.
You can teach them nutrition and what is healthy and what is not.
Helping them learn to prepare food will be a life long skill that will encourage them more than any video game ever could.
What Children Can Learn In The Kitchen
This is an ideal time to prepare children for learning. They can acquire math skills by measuring ingredients. Older children can learn to double measurements as well.
Give children their own personalized belongings such as aprons, chef’s hats or even their own dishtowel. Don’t forget a personalized recipe box or book that they can add to.
Children will also enjoy having their own rolling pins, measure cups, spoons and mixing bowls. They can learn to wash, dry and put their belongings away a swell.
Allow them to assist in menu planning (another life long skill that is ideal to have).
They can learn to lay out the table including where to put the food in the center.
As long as there is supervision they can use a blender or food processor as well.
Clearing the table is also a part of learning what goes on in the kitchen. They can learn how to load or unload a dishwasher or hand wash all but sharp knives.
You’ll find plenty that will keep little hands busy in the upcoming holidays.
Naturally, you’ve already taught this to their older siblings and those siblings are also helping and willing to pair up with a younger sibling to make things go smoothly.
Math skills: two and three year old can learn to count out silverware, count teaspoons of ingredients and so on. Four and five year olds can learn how to round out measurements and measure liquids.
Young children will also enjoy learning how to stir and mix ingredients. Older ones can whisk and pour and create a beautiful salad as well. Younger ones can rinse soft fruits and older ones can learn to safely peel fruits and vegetables. Now is also the time to help them learn how to crack an egg without it winding up on the floor.
The best news of all is that once the kids learn that this is fun, you’ll have plenty of help in the kitchen and they will learn the lifelong skill of cooking and preparing meals. They’ll understand the difference between liquid and dry ingredients and they will find a great enjoyment in spending time with mommy. Cooking is the best way to keep little ones busy during school holiday’s and you’ll always know where they are and what they’re doing. How many moms can say that?