Monday, February 23, 2009
Kids in the Kitchen
Tomorrow my oldest daughter will celebrate her half birthday at school. For the past two years she has wanted to make frosted, heart shaped, sugar cookies. This just fits her personality right down to the pink frosting!
I think part of the reason that she likes the cookies so much, is because she gets to help make them. My girls are in the kitchen a lot and for the most part I welcome their involvement. Growing up I loved being in the kitchen with my Mom and sister, and now I get to pass that love on to my girls!
Every time you have kids in the kitchen there are some important things to consider.
#1 is Safety! Accidents do happen, but we need to be on the lookout for potential dangers. Especially around the stove.
#2 is Age appropriate! What can kids do? What equipment can they use? Can you modify the instructions, or add a step, to involve kids? It is amazing, with a little help, what kids can do.
#3 is Practice patience! This is the thing that I need to remind myself to do when cooking with children! Things don't need to be done perfectly! It is okay if the heart shaped cookies are a "little out of shape", or if flour gets on the floor, from an over zealous mixer! Note to self - Don't clean your kitchen floors before cooking with kids, you will have to do it again when you are finished. Realize that things might take a "little longer", compared to how long it normally takes you to complete a task.
#4 is Look for teachable moments! Cooking can lead to great quality time with your kids and great opportunities to teach them many "life lessons" like sharing, healthy eating habits, and cleanliness to just name a few.
As you are in the kitchen with kids, you are in the process of transforming your house into a home!