When it comes to family-friendly activities, the kitchen is the best room in the house. Moreover, it’s probably the only room where kids (and adults) can experiment with all sorts of different things and not have to worry too much about making a mess!
The most obvious activities that you can do as a family in the kitchen is teach the kids to cook. Not only will you be introducing them to one of the most important life skills, you can also teach them about food groups, nutrition and where food comes from in terms of where it’s grown and how it’s grown. You could possibly combine this with a trip to your local farm shop so they can see the crops and animals for themselves.
Probably the most kid-friendly recipe to start off with is chocolate crispies – many grown-ups have fond memories of making when they were young, probably because they’re easy to make and most kids love them!
Search online for more recipes suitable for kids, or have a look at the BBC’s Kids Collection.
Arts and Crafts
The kitchen table can become a hub of arts and crafts activity. All you need is newspaper to spread on the table, a lot of great ideas and some paper, glue, paints, crayons, glitter, toilet roll holders, yoghurt pots or whatever you can lay your hands on.
The Royal Institution has devised a range of fun kitchen science experiments to do with kids aged between 5 to and 10 years. They have videos and worksheets showing you how to make a range of things from singing wine glasses to self-inflating balloons, and teaching the kids about scientific principles from balance to perspective.
Health benefits of family time
Perhaps the most important thing you can do around the kitchen table is spend time together as a family. More and more families are rediscovering the joy of eating meals together without the constant interruptions from the TV or electronic gadgets, and often it’s the only time they get to talk properly and catch up with what everyone’s doing. The children from families who engage with each other are less likely to play truant at school, are more likely to get higher grades, and less likely to have weight issues.
If you are planning a new kitchen the whole family will enjoy spending time together in, visit our Hertfordshire/North London showroom for design ideas and to talk to our friendly advisors.