Today’s kids are very different from us when we were there age. If your little ones spend most of their time staring at their devices, and you need help in the kitchen (but don’t know how to get them in there), read on. Cooking helps kids build fond memories of times with their parents, from squishing pizza dough to chopping carrots, and making the odd mess. We’ve compiled a list of 5 tools and tips for getting those budding bakers and curious cooks safely behind the stove, building their self-esteem and independence while strengthening bonding, and of course, letting you sneak in that glass of wine while your little one gets their hands dirty for once.
1. Have Reasonable Expectations
While your little Jamie Oliver’s culinary tricks may surprise you, remember that a child’s cognitive development limits what they can and can’t do in the kitchen. For example, while a 5-year-old could measure ingredients and use an egg beater, a 2- or 3-year-old might be more limited to wiping tabletops and breaking broccoli. Still, there are plenty of things kids of ALL ages can get busy with, like setting the table, putting out napkins, packing lunchboxes, and stirring. Watch out, though - the latter will likely make a shower next on the to-do list.
2. Invest in Child-Friendly Knives
We’re sure a trip to the ER isn’t on your to-do list today - that shower is probably urgent. So, visit an online store like www.Tovlajr.com to stock up on safe knives built specifically for children. They’ll still chop carrots but won’t chop fingers off - because you need them for putting dishes in ovens later. Not to brag or anything, but our kids’ knives are the #1 best-seller on Amazon’s kids baking supplies department!
3. Safety First
This is just a quick one, and it may sound obvious - but keep all sharp knives and potential hazards far out of reach. Also keep very-little hands away from very-hot stoves. As your child gets older, you can slowly introduce them to more adult-appliances, with thorough training, of course.
4. Invest in a Kid’s Cutting Board Only cutting boards designed specifically for use by children are safe enough for little chef’s fingers, encouraging precise cutting. Funky colors tap into your child’s imagination, and our specific chopping boards have passed strict safety and health standards for your peace of mind!
5. Teach Them About Nutrition
It’s never too early to start learning about the benefits of a healthy diet, and what better place than the kitchen to kickstart nutrition education? For example, tell them about the specific vitamins found in the vegetable they’re chopping, or get them excited about experimenting with new spices.
The kitchen is called the heart of the home for a reason. It’s not just a place where you make food - it’s where children make memories that last a lifetime. Don’t forget: Tovlajr.com has some of Amazon’s best-selling kitchenware that’s safe for the whole family, from kid’s knives to cutting boards, cups, containers, and complete cooking and baking sets they’ll love. Ok, that’s enough from us for now. Back to the kitchen with you J Be creative, and most importantly, have fun. See you next time!