Many parents struggle with young children who are just “too busy” playing with their toys to help out around the house. But there is a way to get children to do chores without them even realizing it—and that is through the toys themselves.
The kitchen is a great place to start involving children in daily activities and teaching them new skills for the future. Having children help out with the actual preparation of a meal or baked good will make them more likely to want to help clean up afterwards, too—after all, it was their creation!
Providing kids with their own set of special kitchen tools will encourage them to participate in daily family activities, as well as giving them new responsibilities that they will enjoy. Curious Chef, a Wisconsin-based retailer of specialized children’s kitchenware, has any tool necessary for your budding chef.
- The Starter Set — Before bringing your kid in the kitchen, they better dress the part. Kids love playing dress up, especially for grownup jobs—but beyond that, learning how to cook can be messy! This starter set includes an apron, chef’s hat and oven mitts to keep your child excited about setting foot in the kitchen, but clean when they’re done.
- Nylon Knife Set — Prepping fruits and veggies for meals or snacks is a great way to involve children in the kitchen and give them a sense of responsibility. As part of a larger meal, the prep work involved with produce can give kids a chance to be part of the process, even if they are too young to safely handle a hot stove. Standard knives, however, can be dangerous in the kitchen and especially for little hands. Curious Chef’s nylon knife set is unique in that it is safe for small fingers, but still effectively cuts produce. The knives are sized smaller so kids have a better grasp, which can help them develop good knife skills (a must for any home cook).
- Cookie Kit — Kids love sweets, so a great place to start learning how to have fun making food is through baking. Mixing ingredients, rolling out dough, and using kid-safe cookie cutters are all steps in which young kids can take part. The kit includes child-sized spoons, rolling pins, and spatulas that are easier for small hands to manage.
- Cupcake and Decorating Set — Along with cookies, cupcakes are another childhood staple. Again, baking cupcakes is a simple process in which young kids can be involved (except for working with the oven). Cupcakes also offer the opportunity for kids to express their artistic side, using icing to decorate their creations before digging in. This set includes everything needed for kids to bake and decorate cupcakes, including a cupcake tin, eco-friendly silicone cupcake liners, and a decorator tube with several tips for making fancy icing designs. Kids will love the chance to mix up their own icing colors and decorate their own cupcakes.
- 30-Piece Caddy Collection — After your children have dipped their toes in the water—or their fingers in the batter, in this case—serious young chefs needs all the necessary equipment to thrive in the kitchen. Having a complete set of cooking tools may give them an even greater sense of fun and desire to explore food and cooking (and cleaning up!). This collection includes all of the essentials, including measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixing tools, nylon knives, and more. No matter what a child wants to tackle in the kitchen, this set of safe, ergonomically designed tools will give them a confident start.
With the right tools, kids can learn that the kitchen is a wonderful, creative place to learn and explore—and you can get them to do chores without them realizing it, a win-win for both parents and children.