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Organizing a Kid’s Cooking Kit

Those who enjoy cooking often pass their love of the culinary arts on to their children. Many adults have fond memories of toiling in the kitchen with their mother, little hands tentatively rolling out dough or stirring a chocolate cake batter. For those who had that opportunity, the memories are precious and will probably last a lifetime. There’s nothing more special than being Mom’s little helper, and cooking at an early age can help develop not only a fondness for cooking and cuisine but can also give kids an early start in learning the essentials of cooking and baking.

If your little one enjoys being with you in the kitchen and preparing the evening meal or particular foods for special occasions, you’ll want to be sure that he or she is well prepared for their kitchen capers. So, why not organize the supplies your child will need while he/she is working with you in the kitchen and present them as a gift for a birthday or other special occasion? A “Kid’s Cooking Kit” is a fun gift to receive and it also insures that your child has appropriate kid-sized utensils and other necessities for their cooking adventures.

A Space for your Child

First of all, if you plan to let your child or children cook with you often, you’ll want to provide them with a space of their own in the kitchen where they can keep their essentials. This can be a cabinet drawer that’s designated specifically for them (make sure it’s down low) or it might be a plastic or cardboard storage box or tool kit that can be carried from one place to another. Most of all, it needs to be totally theirs so that other “adult” items that might be dangerous to them (like sharp knives) are not mixed in with their kitchen tools.

What’s in the Kit

Though cooking with your kids is fun, it can turn into a nightmare if your child gets hurt. That’s why providing your child with a cooking kit is not only a fun idea but also an important one. What you put in the kit will depend largely upon your child’s age. Obviously, the older the child, the more responsibility he or she can take on while assisting in the kitchen and, in addition, the utensils you give him/her can be different as well. Here’s a list of items to consider when assembling a kit for your little helpers.

o A kid-sized apron – Look for one that also comes with a chef’s hat, which your child will love. If you can’t find an apron, a large t-shirt will suffice.

o Cooking mitts – Look for the ones that fit little hands. These are better than potholders as they protect the entire hand. Include at least 2 in the kit.

o Plastic measuring cups – You’ll want to be sure that you teach the difference between dry measures and wet measures, so include both in the kit.

o Plastic measuring spoons – These provide a good opportunity to talk about abbreviations for teaspoon and tablespoon and can also serve to help older kids learn about fractions.

o A wooden spoon

o A rubber spatula

o A plastic knife

o A rolling pin – These come in kid-size models or you can choose a traditional one. The plastic kind (like Tupperware™) that you can fill with ice or hot water work well for children.

o A whisk

o A dishtowel – For helping Mom dry the cooking supplies.

o A dish cloth or sponge – It’s never too early to teach them how to clean up!

o A booklet about kitchen safety – It’s not hard to find these and they’re written on a variety of different levels. Take time to review safety rules with your kids before you do any cooking. Even the littlest ones should know the dos and don’ts of working in the kitchen.