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In many families, the kitchen is the mother’s domain, with no children allowed. But this is a missed opportunity. The kitchen is a great place for children to learn about everything from nutrition to cooperation. All you have to do is make the room a little more child-friendly to invite them to take more interest in the process of preparing a meal – and maybe even be willing to lend a hand!
Here are a few ways you can make your kitchen a little more fun for your kids, while still paying attention to the design.
Change the tablecloth. If you still want to add some color to your kitchen decoration with a beautiful tablecloth but you don’t want to wash it often because of the children’s mess, choose a laminated cotton tablecloth instead. You can easily wipe it clean, but it will still look beautiful.
Create a children’s cooking area. Getting your kids involved in food preparation helps develop their motor skills and creativity, and if they’re the ones eating the food, letting them actually make the food can help them get excited to try new things. In addition, the child-sized table and chairs can be a fun and colorful addition to the kitchen that complements your overall theme.
Make use of the kitchen island. If you do not have room for a table and chairs the size of a child, then invest in seating with a height that allows older children to access the island. But be sure to consider safety concerns (can kids reach the range, oven, or sink from where they’re sitting?) their stools?).
Put things on target. Rather than focusing on every child-proof cabinet, choose one particular lower cabinet for storing child-friendly cooking prep items, such as plastic spoons, cups, plates, etc.
Get a stool. Teaching your child good hygiene is an important part of learning about food and cooking, so make it easy for little ones to reach the sink to wash their hands after helping in the kitchen or eating. a meal
Invest in fun magnets. To help keep your child busy while preparing a meal, use your refrigerator door. You can buy alphabet magnets that allow children to practice their spelling, turn a family photo into a magnetic puzzle to put together, or get a magnetic chalkboard or marker board to allow your child to use from their artistic abilities.
Laminated fabric on kitchen chairs. Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to swap out those cute cushions for simpler (and less attractive) wooden chairs. Instead, go to your local fabric store to find out about their laminating services.
Place drinks and snacks within reach. Let your kids take care of themselves by giving them access to healthy items. Depending on the age of your children, this may be possible by placing them on the lower shelves of a traditional fridge, or you can invest in a mini-fridge or fridge with bottom drawers instead of full-length doors .
Replace your countertops. Afraid of a spill? Corian is a great surface for children because it is stain resistant. It’s also a little softer than stone, which can help protect your glasses and plates. Even better, it is repaired in the event of an accident.
By making just a few changes to your kitchen, you can make it a more welcoming environment for your children. Then you may find that mealtime becomes a fun endeavor with everyone helping to prepare and clean up after the meal. Turn off your cell phone and your TV – and enjoy your time together in your newly decorated family-focused kitchen!
Jillian Watkinson covers Bathroom and kitchen showrooms. She loves almost anything to do with interior design, and loves helping others with their design needs.