According to a study conducted in the US, getting children to help in the kitchen at home or in school (during cooking classes) will enable them to make smart decisions regarding the food they eat.
This is actually a great start in helping kids develop healthy eating habits – ones that they can carry on and practice when they become adults, and aid them in maintaining and improving their well-being.
Having a kid-friendly kitchen will allow you to experience fewer difficulties in getting your children to help you in preparing and cooking meals. You will also make it easier and safer for them to assist you. Lastly, with a child-friendly kitchen, your little ones will love spending more time with you in this room.
Creating a Kitchen That’s Fit and Safe for Kids
Here are some tips that will help you design your own kid-friendly kitchen:
1. Choose a good flooring material
Selecting the right flooring material will help ensure your kids are safe whenever they work in the kitchen. Textured flooring is a good option since it can prevent slips and falls from happening even when drops of oil and water get splattered around regularly. It is easy to clean, too.
If you want a more eco-friendly material, bamboo is another option worth considering. It is sustainable and more forgiving of falls than harder materials such as tiles and concrete. Bamboo has also been found to be a safer and healthier flooring material for children than some other options that emit dangerous chemicals into the air.
2. Have a benchtop everyone can use
A lot of prep work will take place on the benchtop. As such, you have to ensure that everyone will find it easy and comfortable working in this part of your kitchen.
The best benchtops for adults are about 91 centimetres high. But if you will let your kids help you out, you need one that is lower by about 15 centimetres so that they can reach this work area comfortably.
A lower benchtop will also make it easier for adults to use when kneading dough, rolling out pizza crust, and doing other baking or pastry-making prep work.
Choose the right material for your benchtop as well. Reconstituted quartz is a great option since it is durable, easy to clean, and scratch- and dent-resistant. In addition, it is non-porous so it will remain stain-free for a long time. It will also complement your kitchen with its elegant, modern appeal.
3. Choose kitchen features that do not have sharp edges
Benchtop corners should be rounded to prevent injuries during accidental collisions. Keep in mind that at particular kids’ ages, a sharp corner on the benchtop is right at their eye level.
To protect your kids from injuries, make sure your kitchen is free from sharp edges, from the cabinets, benchtop, and even the table.
4. Have easy-to-reach cabinets and storage areas for your kids
Store utensils, cutlery, cups, plates, and other kitchenware that your children regularly use in drawers and cabinets they can easily reach. By doing so, you keep them safe whenever they have to help out in the kitchen since they won’t have to climb on counters or chairs to get what they need.
However, for storing fine china, sharp knives, and heavy pots and electrical appliances, make sure you choose cabinet designs that are hard for kids to access. This is also
another way of helping your kids stay safe and injury-free whenever they are in the kitchen.
5. Invest in a child-friendly stove
Electrical induction cooktops or stoves only heat the area directly under the specially-designed pots and pans. As such, there are fewer chances for your kids to burn their hands if they want to take a crack at frying or cooking something.
There is also no possibility for gas leaks, fires, and burns with an induction stove. It is, therefore, one of the safest cooking appliances you can have in the kitchen.
However, if you still prefer gas stoves, select one that has knobs on the top so that a small child won’t be able to reach them and cause a fire accident in the kitchen.
By having an efficient, child-friendly kitchen, you can help your children develop healthy eating habits even while they are young. You may even inspire their interest in cooking or baking – worthy activities they can consider in their future careers.
Toby Walker is the Director and Operations Manager of Zesta Kitchens. With over 30 years of industry experience (having previously operated Nobby Kitchens and Bunnings Warehouse Kitchen Centres), Toby’s passion is providing a unique customer kitchen renovation experience, and this filters through the business to ensure a quality product with an on-time kitchen renovation.