Kitchen creativity – child’s play

//Kitchen creativity – child’s play

Kitchen creativity – child’s play

Cooking with kids is not merely about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity. ~ Guy Fieri
Have you given thought to the crux of the saying “families who eat together, stay together”? The kitchen is the heart of the home. Kitchens are where families and friends congregate and catch-up. The platform where a family’s secret recipes are passed from generation to generation. It should be a fascinating place for adults and children. Often however it simply doesn’t have that magical appeal and element of “F.O.M.O.” Now let us be perfectly blunt, if you have no idea what the preceding acronym represents, your kitchen probably isn’t cool enough for your kids.
Kids have an inherent Fear Of Missing Out face (F.O.M.O.) and we, as parents, have to shrewdly morph important activities (like spending time in the kitchen as a family) to represent cool stuff kids are afraid they might miss out on. If the kids aren’t entertained they will lose interest at the speed of knots.
But never fear when Easylife Kitchens are near. We’ve scoured the Net to find ways of making it fun for kids and teens and getting them involved in kitchen commotions at a young age. Our kids (boys and girls) love to cook and bake. They are always in our kitchen whipping up something and have been doing so since they were small. However as they grow older, they lose interest. Here’s how to turn it around:
• Build on their need to create by continuing to let them take part (in whatever small way they’re capable of) in the cooking process.
• For Christmas or their birthday get them a cooking or baking appliance so that they can continue to experiment with exciting new stuff.
• Reinforce their accomplishments and confidence by praise and some healthy snack food-related reward.
• Make time to inspire them with interesting titbits and fun facts while they are assisting.
• Give them your undivided attention and focus on them.
• Prepare well so that everything you need is at hand. This helps facilitate a relaxed environment conducive to constructive fun.
Getting kids involved is actually quite straightforward, but you need to make a concerted effort to cultivate a platform conducive to fun. This seems like an extra bit of hard work and it might seem like an effort you have no time for, however the reward is just so much greater.
So, from us at Easylife Kitchens, good luck bonding through cooking and baking. We can think of quite a few other areas less exciting and delicious.

2015-05-15T13:24:34+00:00