Kiddie’s Bake Off – The Benefits Of Kitchen Play for Kids

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It’s that time of year again. The darker nights have arrived, the days are feeling colder and if you’re anything like me, you have already been reacquainted with your hot water bottle on more than one occasion! It also means that the ever popular, Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens.

We may not be in the company of Mary Berry or Mel and Sue this year but I’m actually quite liking the new Channel 4 setup. And for once the ad breaks are welcome opportunity to nip and get some cake that the whole programme usually gets me craving!

Watching the Great British Bake Off whilst surrounded by toys that I’ve yet to put away from Little Man’s after school play session, got me thinking. My mini human loves to play kitchens. As I did when I was small. I vividly remember pretending to have a cafe – originally called Jaki’s Cafe (I was small, don’t judge!) I loved playing waitress and pretending to cook up a storm in my play kitchen and so does my Little Man. And there are many benefits to this too.

Learning different foods
Obviously, this is a given. If you are anything like us, you have a box full of pretend food that goes with the play kitchen. From an early age, this helped us teach Little Man the different types of food and what type of food they are. It can help with learning colours too.

It’s a numbers game
Counting out plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons. Asking for more than one sugar in my pretend cup of tea. It’s all of these little things that contribute to your child learning about numbers, in a way that they don’t even know that they are doing it.

Sharing the load
More often than not, play kitchens are cropping up in play areas around the country, in nurseries and in schools. It’s a given then that children will need to share the load in the busy play kitchen. We have a great one in our local Jungle Town. A play area for kids that is totally focused on role play. The kids have to share in this kind of environment. The interaction that kids get will strengthen their sharing skills.

Getting organised
Does your kid hate putting his toys away as much as mine? Having a play kitchen can be great in teaching them the importance of keeping organised. Little Man loves putting all the right things in the right cupboards. The veggies in one tub, the fruit in another, and so on and so forth. This will, with a bit of luck, instil in them the importance of this in other areas of their life, in the future as they grow up.

Cleaning up
Well when you’ve cooked all that food, of course, you need to wash up the pots and the pans. They get this! And I actually think Little Man spends more time pretend washing up than anything else! From time to time when I’m feeling brave we’ll get mild soapy water out and give his kitchen a good wash down too. Doing this early encourages them to learn about the need to keep everything clean.

I honestly thought that play kitchens were all just another toy. Just something else that the kids want to pretend to be adults. But in actual fact, they are so much more than that. As this post shows. If you’ve not got one and really like the idea, take a look at PreciousLittleOne. They have a huge selection available.

It doesn’t have to stop there though does it? Most kids love getting messy in the kitchen with a great bake-off of their own! Why not be brave and make some cakes with them. Go on, let them stir up the mixture. Let them lick the icing bowl, every now and again doesn’t hurt. It’s a great way to bond with your kids and it might even get them eating food that they weren’t interested in before. Don’t worry about the mess, it can be cleaned up easily and in no time at all. Make the memories with your kids and with a bit of luck they’ll grow up remembering all the fun times you had in your very own bake off kitchen!

 

 

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41 Comment

  1. Reply
    Twin Mum/Dad: Emily (@Twinmumanddad)
    22nd September 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Great post! My girls love things like this. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

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      Jaki
      23rd September 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks lovely and thanks for hosting 🙂

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    thetaleofmummyhood
    22nd September 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Our two love being in the kitchen, especially if there’s cake on the menu! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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      Jaki
      23rd September 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for hosting!

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    oldhouseintheshires
    22nd September 2017 at 8:21 pm

    All toys help children learn about their world, that is why play is so important. Kitchen play is lovely for children as is baking. Thank you your post and the fun pictures! #POCOLO

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      Jaki
      23rd September 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  4. Reply
    Nicola Bromley
    24th September 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Both my children loved playing kitchens when they were small. I always plan to do more actual baking with them but never seem to get round to it! Thanks for linking up to #blogstravaganza

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      Jaki
      25th September 2017 at 11:49 am

      I know the feeling!! 🙂

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    talkingmums1
    25th September 2017 at 1:15 pm

    It was only this weekend my daughter has been asking to help more in the kitchen, I should find ways of letting her as like you so theres so many ways they can be involved in the kitchen. My youngest loves helping unload the dishwasher, I quickly remove all glass and knives then he helps me withthe rest x
    #Blogstravaganza

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Yes mine too. And he loves to wash up, but he always ends up soaked! 🙂

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    Pass the wine please
    26th September 2017 at 9:00 am

    My toddler LOVES playing kitchen! And we’ve just signed up to start going to some toddler cooking classes, where they get to do a lot of the cooking themselves, then do a themed activity whilst they bake – think she’s going to love it! (The best bit is, someone else does all the cleaning up afterwards!) #TriumphantTales

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Oh wow this sounds brilliant! And yes! That someone else cleans up is great, they can’t have kids of their own surely?! Why else would you sign up to that job?! 🙂

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    collette dunn
    26th September 2017 at 9:59 am

    My girls love their toy kitchen and also love to bake in real life! It gets very messy though. #triumphanttales

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Oh yes, the mess! I’m never great with that, but it’s only mess isn’t it? It can easily be cleaned up! 🙂

  8. Reply
    mummy2twindividuals
    26th September 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Mine love the bargain play kitchen we picked up in Aldi. They also love to take baskets of food on little picnics. A great role play toy. #triumphanttales

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Wow, Aldi did one? I missed that!

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    Becki Svare
    26th September 2017 at 2:14 pm

    My kids have been in the kitchen since they were young. They are teens now and both still enjoy cooking. This past summer they each had one night a week that was their night to cook. It was great!!

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Wow, that sounds great! 🙂

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    Mummy Needs Wine! (@Mummy_NeedsWine)
    26th September 2017 at 4:10 pm

    My boys love pretend and real cooking too #thatfridaylinky

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 9:59 pm

      It’s so good for them, glad they love it too!

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    pinkiebag
    26th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hi,m the kitchen is a great place for the kids to learn, discovering new foods, counting, planning and tidying up at the end of course #TriumphantTales

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Absolutely!

  12. I brought some of the plastic food we’d had hidden in the house out yesterday. It kept them both busy while I tidied the house. #Blogstravaganza

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Brilliant! Currently, our play food is all over his bedroom floor, if I’ve tidied it up once this week, I’ve tidied it up a million times!

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        The Queen of Collage
        29th September 2017 at 2:13 pm

        Ah I know that feeling #TriumphantTales

  13. Reply
    Nicola wiggins
    26th September 2017 at 9:18 pm

    This is a great post! I’m planning to buy my boys when we move #triumphanttales

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      Jaki
      26th September 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Fab – it’s great fun. Although currently, the play food is all over his bedroom floor, if I’ve tidied it up once this week, I’ve tidied it up a million times! 🙂

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    RawChildhood
    26th September 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Love this post. I don’t think people realise just how much children can learn from baking and cooking in the kitchen! #triumphanttales

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      Jaki
      27th September 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Definitely!

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    mummy here and here
    27th September 2017 at 3:26 pm

    It is defiantly a learning experience for all involved lol X #triumphanttales

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      Jaki
      27th September 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Sure is!

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    chickenruby
    27th September 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a great believer to let kids join in with all house hold chores inside and out, it’s a great way to spend time together and learn valuable skills #triumphanttales

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      Jaki
      27th September 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Absolutely!

  17. Reply
    Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    27th September 2017 at 9:34 pm

    My son loves playing with kitchens too – making dinner for everyone. Now he loves coming in the kitchen with me to help #TriumphantTales

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      Jaki
      28th September 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Brilliant!

  18. Reply
    Stephanie
    27th September 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Great post – and learning should be fun, and when you can eat the results that’s even better! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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      Jaki
      28th September 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Absolutely!

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    mebeingmummy
    29th September 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Have been quite enjoying the GBBO too! Problem with baking is, once you make it you then have to eat it!lol. Thank you so much for joining in with the #HoneybeeLinky – hope to see you again next week lovely xx

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      Jaki
      3rd October 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Damn that minor detail!! 😉

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    randommusings29
    30th September 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I loved baking as a child and you don’t even realise you’re learning because you enjoy it so much which is a bonus
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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      Jaki
      2nd October 2017 at 10:56 am

      We really should do more! This post has inspired me to do more! 🙂

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