On 13th September, it is Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day. Whilst this might sound like a nightmare, it is a day which really can be fun and is a healthy learning experience for your children. It may even result in a regular helper around the kitchen!
The idea of the day is to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits by getting them involved in preparing each of the days meals. But not only does the day go some way towards fostering healthy eating habits in your children, it is also great if you work long hours and worry about spending enough time with your children.
Having a great set up with your kitchen furniture is important to enable your children to be able to help. A farmhouse kitchen table in your kitchen is the perfect spot to get your children involved, as it will be a better height than the kitchen work tops. Alternatively, draw up a chair to the worktop (a wooden dining chair is probably the best option so you can wipe off any sticky finger prints after use).
Then think about where you'll eat. A large wood dining table is great to get the whole family to spend time together. You may even be able to get your children to find what they need to set the table on your kitchen shelving and set the table while you do some of the cooking they're unable to help with.
In the kitchen, wood dining chairs are great as they are easy to maintain and clean. But if you have a separate dining area, fabric dining chairs provide a slightly more comfortable option so you can sit and chat or play some games with your family after dinner.
When it comes to cooking, start with something simple and fun so your children will want to get involved again. If you decide to make cooking with the kids a more regular thing, you can always work your way up to something slightly more technical!
We would suggest making homemade pizzas so your children can get creative building their own pizza by adding their favourite toppings.
Let us know how did your Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day went and what did you cook?