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Judah is at the age now where he can do a great deal of things by himself. He loves being self sufficient, and he absolutely adores having “responsibilities” like helping with chores, putting dishes away, and things like that. Since a large part of my job is recipe development and testing, he naturally spends a lot of time watching me work and I love letting him get involved. I don’t let him do any of the dangerous stuff like cutting/cooking, but he has a blast with preparation! Since he loves helping me in the kitchen so much, I thought I would make him his own “big kid” kitchen kit that we can use to cook together with. Isn’t it cute? Not only does it include common kitchen tools and a few easy recipes for him to create, but there are also blank recipe pages for us to fill in as we go so that he can build his own collection!
How cute is that? Judah loves it so much, and I’m pretty proud of myself here, so I thought I would share the how-to so you can get your little chefs in on the fun too! To make this yourself you will need a 3-ring binder, a few zippered pencil pouches (mine were less than a dollar each), my printable recipe pages below and the title page. To print the title page, just click it and you will be taken to a high quality printable PNG.
And here are the first few recipe pages – print these out just like you did with the title page. I’m planning on making this a series, so if you want to follow along I will be creating new recipe pages and sharing them on the blog every few weeks as soon as school starts!
Once your pages are set up in your binder, grab a few zippered pencil bags and clip them in. You will want to fill these up with common kitchen tools like spoons, spatulas, collapsible measuring cups – whatever you need. You are also going to need a child sized apron, because lets face it, kids are messy!
Speaking of messy – kids in the kitchen equals epic messes, so I make sure to have some Shout Wipes® on hand because with kids, stains just appear out of nowhere. I love how convenient these little wipes are, and I love that I can use them on the go without having to make Judah stop what he is doing and change clothes. They are great for all kinds of stains, and since these days stains can be anything from organic baby food to stubborn sriracha, having something that can clean it all is a must!
For overlooked or stubborn stains I will break out the Shout® Advanced Gel after a recipe session, because even with an apron on he gets things on his clothes. It is packed with 70 percent more stain-fighting ingredients than the leading pre-treater and is safe for all colorfast washables in all water temperatures, so I don’t have to worry about my messy chef ruining his clothes.
So now that we have the book, the tools, and the cleanup power for a day in the kitchen, go ahead and have some fun! Kids LOVE getting messy, and as much as I want to trail behind him with scrub brush and spray in hand, I just let him do his thing and worry about cleanup later. He is super proud of himself, and messes are easily cleaned.
Be sure to check back for more “Little Chef” recipes that are perfect for kids of all ages!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.