Almost every dish we make has some sort of spice in it. It is pretty easy for me to get set on auto-pilot and forget to set up one of the kids’ favorite helping jobs. All it takes is a some small stainless prep bowls. Measure the spices into the bowl – or the kids can do it – and place them all on the counter. The kids can grab them easily and dump them in. For some extra fun, have them guess the spice before they dump them in. We are starting to do this game more. The kids are figuring out which spice is which. If nothing else it’s pretty entertaining to see how their little brains work when assigning names to spices!
They might throw a hissy fit. They might kick and punch. They might yell and argue. Despite all of this kids do enjoy food and this is their way of asking for some control over it.
In the grand scheme of things, there are very few things that kids have any control over. Why not offer them some autonomy in the world of food? Here’s how KnifeForkSpoon kids get some control over their food:
- they help make the dinner menu
- shopping for ingredients is a family affair
- prepping and cooking meals has particpation by all
- cleaning the table before dinner, setting the table, and clearing the table after dinner are chores that we all take turns doing.
We offer them other options, too. They get to design the layout of their plate, they have the option to be fully responsible for a meal, they can plan meals with the help of a cookbook, and so much more! Stay tuned for more details on each of these topics!
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Nothing frustrates kids more than telling them “no”, “stop”, “don’t do that”, or some variation of that. Be honest and upfront with them that working in the kitchen is a job and jobs have rules. Establish them upfront and you’ll be able to enforce them so much easier. They might be grumpster dumpster when you enforce it, but they will secretly love that you gave them a boundary. That’s what being a kids is all about, after all. Gotta find all the boundaries!
Here’s the list we use at the KnifeForkSpoon house:
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Oh, yeah, it’s March and school is not in session. It’s a new thing and we can all adapt. We will have frequent posts about how to use the kitchen to be a fun place for the whole family, to be a distraction when we are all melting down, and to be a place of learning.
If you are looking for a sweet treat, look no further. This morning KnifeForkSpoon kids made jello for the first time. They all had a great time. Although, I dare say, they had way more fun sneaking into the fridge to steal spoonfuls when mom wasn’t looking!!
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Hi! I am back in the world of websites! A few months ago my web page ate itself and I had no desire to make a new one. That feeling has passed and I am finding my groove again. It’s safe to say the only constant these days is change!
Since we are getting back in the groove, I’m going to share a sneak peek at an e-book I am writing. The topic? Cooking with kids! It’s something that happens every day in my house and one of my favorite classes to teach.
Take a peek!
Recipes will be back shortly…