Since around the time that Jack was 2, maybe earlier, I’ve always loved including my kids in the kitchen. Whether I’m making a quick sandwich for lunch, rushing to get dinner made, or baking a two layer intricate cake for a birthday, it’s always more fun when little hands are involved. The best part is that both of my kids have always loved helping me in the kitchen. Who am I kidding, they’ve always loved helping with anything I’m doing: “mama folding laundry?!” “I got it!” they tell me. “Mama sweeping the floors?!” “I got it!” they tell me. “Mama doing e-mails?!” “I got it!!” 😉 Perhaps that’s why I never feel like the laundry is completely washed and folded, the floors never thoroughly swept, e-mails left unattended. However, in the kitchen it’s different. In the kitchen, there’s always a final product. It may not perfect, because the frosting may be too thick in the middle from not being spread evenly, dinner might be overly salted, or someone might find an eggshell in their omelette, but there’s always a final product. Something we all made together in our team effort that we can enjoy together.
Last year, for Isabelle’s first birthday, her Aunt (who is also her Godmother) and Uncle gifted her a few pretty cute gifts, including this incredible Amazing Chef cooking set. On this particular day, Jack really wanted to make something, but I wasn’t quite in the mood to cook so we opened up this gift, that I’m embarrassed to say had been sitting in the cabinet above the fridge for almost a year, and let the kids have fun! Jack especially loved using the knife to cut up the bananas and Isabelle loved dipping them in the chocolate and sprinkles.
If you ever don’t know what birthday present to get younger children, ages 2-8 or older, I can’t image that this cooking set will ever disappoint. It’s so fun and gives the kids so much confidence in the kitchen!