As a matter of fact . . . . . well, a little bit!
The above picture is actually what happens when mommy runs to brush her teeth -
but I thought you might get a kick out of it and it fit my intro.
Truth be told, from the time they were very young my little guys have been quite fond of
helping in the kitchen. Ok, so - that time boy #2 had the sniffles - I had to secretly throw
away the celery he'd chopped for the dressing instead of poisoning all our Thanksgiving guests -
but usually it's not a problem.
Toddlers chopping celery?
We've actually never had a kitchen accident! I used to give them sturdy plastic knives to chop
simple things like celery - once I got them started on a piece - with instructions to take their time -
they took their jobs extremely seriously. If a piece of celery gets butchered beyond
salvation in the process - it's well worth the price for the lessons they've learned while in the kitchen.
These days we've graduated to table knives! My boys know that any knife can cut you and
they are instructed to pretend it's the sharpest knife in town! If they don't listen carefully to directions
their kitchen time is up. Listening skills are important - so are safety issues.
Kitchen time with the kids is a wonderful time to teach these and many more life skills!
Sometimes we search for and plan recipes and meals as a group.
It's a great time to teach about kitchen organization and meal planning .
Teamwork and cooperation are important lessons!
Other times I'll send some little guys out to play and enjoy one on one time with another!
They can learn on their individual levels and it opens the door for some great heart talks too
We have the opportunity to share family recipes passed down through generations -
traditions, like canning jams or vegetables
It doesn't have to be a complicated undertaking - as a matter of fact - beginning simple is important
You don't have to have the kids prepare dinner, but by allowing them to snap peas or chop
mushrooms they'll be much more excited about eating it!
I'm starting a new Linky for Tuesdays:
Copy and paste button pic with link or just copy and paste
or Top Secret Recipes handed down in the family!
(Just don't tell Aunt Jane)
Has a LinkUp for your recipes too!