Hens and Chicks in the Kitchen

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  1. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    A thread for kids and parents in the kitchen!

    Tips and tricks for getting your toddler in the kitchen with you? Let me tell you, E looooves to eat and is very interested in what we’re doing in the food room. She loves “helping” us cook the few times we’ve involved her but I don’t know how to embrace it more. I was looking at getting one of those foldable “helping stands” or something like it but it seems like a silly purchase? Do we just prep at the kitchen table where she can see and hand things and let her stir on the floor? (We’re clean I promise.) She’s barely at counter height on her little stool and while she giggles she can’t really do anything so low and I get nervous about her falling back.

    Any ideas? We love to cook and she’s into it and I feel like it’s a good thing to encourage.
     
  2. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    Meant to put this in the food thread @Honey sorry
     
  3. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    We have a bench that C can stand on and be the perfect height to help at the island and I think its a big help for him to be at my level in that way. I don’t think a learning stand or some substitute to get her up to your height is a silly purchase!

    Otherwise I just let C hold my hands a lot and tell him I need his help to do XYZ (like oh this is so hard to stir can you help?!). Hes really into holding my hands while I crack eggs (yes I wash his hands after). I also sing a lot of goofy songs like today we made waffles for dinner and I sang a song about squishing all of the bubbles (bumps) out of the mix. Hes really into my goofy songs for everything though so I know it connects with him and getting rid of the “bubbles” is something he can actively see happening. We’ve only tried baking so far though, not real cooking! I feel like baking is easier because its a lot of pouring and mixing which are good toddler tasks (even if it makes hand mixing take 3x as long because they are helping haha).
     
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  4. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    A friend of mine has one of those stands for her son. The whole family adores it. I think you should get one.
     
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  5. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    C loves to help in the kitchen! We've toyed with the idea of getting him one of those helping bench things, although they seem rather expensive. Usually we just pull up a chair and turn it backwards. B lets him help stir things, and taste pots of stews or sauces as they work together.
     
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  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Our C also loves to help. D is way overprotective but I let him help prepare, measure and mix stuff. He’s tall enough for just a stool now. I wanted one of those towers but there was just no room in our old kitchen. I bring stuff to the table to mix.
     
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  7. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    Yes so far we’ve let her pass things to us, like she will bring me a sweet potato one by one at each stage of washing, then drying, then wrapping in foil. I went to the kitchen table and we sat in chairs and she handed me one Brussels sprout at a time while I cut them and put them in a bowl, then I let her put her hand on the things while I shook the seasoning and poured the oil, then she held the spoon with me as we stirred it together. She was so happy and excited but I think she will like it even more if she could stand at the counter with me. Also poor baby just wants to eat it though, doesn’t quite understand some things have to be cooked first.

    J let her help him make bread but they just sat on the floor.

    Maybe I can find a deal on one of those chairs, I think we would really use it.
     
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  8. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Whereas my brother is like, "Sure, give E a paring knife! He can barely say his own name but his fine motor skills are great!" :lol:
     
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  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    He’s finally ok with letting him have a butter knife. Sometimes. :roll:
     
  10. Tumnus

    Tumnus Chicken

    We've used this stool for S and now E. They are both relatively cautious and no one has fallen off it yet. S is now just using a regular small step stool.
     
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  11. deet

    deet Chicken

    SAME! This damn thing is handy for everything.

    G wants to throw things in the pot, or ice treats, stuff like that. Sometimes we make cookies that I know are going to get absolutely trashed with icing, just because. No one even eats them because they're gross, but it's something to do. It's a lot less stressful IMO when it's that way, because there's no expectations anyone has to eat the stuff we're gonna make. It's like any other art project, I guess.
     
  12. Tumnus

    Tumnus Chicken

  13. deet

    deet Chicken

    Ummmm no, but I am absolutely going to! Thank you! @Tumnus
     
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  14. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Oh man we made those when I was kid and I still have two! They obviously dont have a scent anymore though.
     
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  15. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Texas sheet cookies

    Made these tonight with C and they were really easy to do with a toddler! The dough is very thick so he could knead it and roll it into a ball (well, try haha) and plop on the pan. The frosting I just let him help pour the powdered sugar in while I mixed in a bowl after it was off the stove and then he helped pour over top the cookies (messy AF but I had foil down). A said they are really good and seriously took 20 mins including baking and frosting.
     
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  16. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

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  17. When did you guys start to get the kids "helping" in the kitchen? El will be 1 in a month and he's toddling around / climbing and super interested in what I'm doing in there. I'm thinking about getting him a learning tower but how to get him involved totally beats me. Obviously he won't be able to actually do anything really, but we cook a lot and I'd like him to be a part of what we're doing. Too early? Or just let him climb up and watch, maybe?
     
  18. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    At that age I would put her in the high chair right next to me with a snack so she could watch me cook and I would talk to her. At just before 2 is when I started letting her “help” but really we’re just beginning that still.
     
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  19. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    My friend has the Melissa & Doug Pots and Play set (and one of those stools talked about previously) and her son "cooks" while she does. It's super cute and he loves it.
     
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  20. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    If you can safely put him on the floor near you, throw some of the kitchen utensils you're not using, plus pots and pans, on the floor with him.
     
  21. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    L is fully obsessed with this set.
     
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