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How To Keep Kids Calm In The Kitchen

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?

How to Work with Children in the Kitchen

When children go on holiday from school, even the best parents often run out of activities to keep their little ones entertained. Children often make their way into the kitchen, looking for snacks or company to keep them from getting bored. Unfortunately, this often leads to a big mess in a space that needs to be kept clean.

How, then, can you avoid the mess? The best way is to get your children involved in whatever you are doing in the kitchen. It may be difficult at first to think of ways to incorporate them into the cooking and cleaning, but it can be done in a fun way. Not only will the two of you be able to spend quality time together, but you will also encourage a love of cooking in your child. What are the other benefits?

First, you can keep an eye on your child while you work, which means they are safe. Also, there are a lot of teachable moments in the kitchen, including providing your child with information on nutrition, cooking and measurements. Kids can exercise their creativity while working on a dish, and it is nice for them to see (and eat!) the fruits of their labor.

So, what activities should your little one get involved with in the kitchen? There’s actually a lot for them to do, and it does not involve a lot of extra work on your part. First, set up your little one with their own kitchen items. Make sure they have an apron, and give them a box filled with measuring cups, spoons, and other (safe) kitchen items. Let them know that these are their tools and they must look after them during the cooking process.

Measuring and counting are two of the simplest kitchen activities, but they are great fun for little ones. As your child gets older, let them have a little more independence with this activity. Once the food is prepared, let your child determine how to arrange the food on the plates. Encourage them to be as creative as possible, making designs on the dishes!

Whenever possible, ask them what they would like to prepare or give them choices for the day’s menu. Finally, vegetable preparation is always a great way to get kids involved. If they are old enough, show them how to cut the vegetables or add them to the blender. And, do not forget about cleanup at the end of the day. Children are great helpers, particularly when it comes to bringing plates over to the sink or unloading the dishwasher!

If you have a very young child, like a toddler, there are still ways to get them involved in the kitchen, too. For example, little children love to add ingredients to the bowl or stir up your recipe for you. You can even incorporate learning activities; for example, you can count the number of tablespoons you add to a bowl or the number of cups of water you put into the pot. You can even show your little one how many teaspoons make a tablespoon and so on. Finally, salads, fruits and vegetables are very easy for the youngest children to work with. They can wash off produce or peel oranges. And, they may even want to snack a little along the way, which is great for their daily nutrition!

Most children love spending time in the kitchen. It is incredible to see your hard work turn into something delicious that you can eat; serving their meal instills a sense of pride in young children. And, it is a win-win situation because you get to have fun with your child and supervise them all while doing a daily chore that you need to get finished.