There was a point in your childhood where you borrowed mom’s apron and served imaginary food and beverages. Or maybe you’re the person on the table, waiting for your playmates to finish “cooking”.
Before video games came, pretend play was the source of pure joy. Encourage your child to play this old-fashioned game with a wooden kitchen set so he/she can enjoy the following benefits:
HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
“Studies show that children who cook with parents are more likely to have healthy food choices. If your child is too young, you can start with a wooden kitchen playset. Try to cook delicious meals using fruits and vegetables to build a positive experience around these food items.”, states Luke Wood, health and wellness consultant at Monkeyfoodz.
ENHANCED CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION
Pretending you’re a chef, a waiter, or a just an adult preparing his/her own meal is an exciting activity for kids. They can create unique recipes and explore different ingredients. At the same time, they imagine scenarios that involve the appliances and utensils. Typically, they’ll try to mimic what adults do and say in the kitchen. You might be surprised by how observant children are!
IMPROVES COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Kitchen role-play requires children to communicate. They’ll learn new words like “toast”, “bake”, “stir”, etc. As they become more interested in this game, they’ll likely ask you to name each object in their playset. As a result, their vocabulary widens.
Pretend play in the kitchen also engages your child in a creative expression of one’s self. He or she may have to mimic a specific role and try to characterise that role with words. Learn how to communicate well with children here.
A kitchen playset can encourage your child to play with others, which improves his/her social development. It is natural for children to feel the need to share their excitement about their new toys. They can discuss who should play specific roles, what to cook, and how to do it—all of which fosters teamwork.
Your child will also learn to listen to the ideas and opinions of others.
Allowing your child to experiment on a kitchen set can give him/her a sense of independence, boosting his/her self-esteem. It will feel like you trust their capabilities, and that’s why you let them prepare food—even it’s just imaginary.
Consider taking this chance to educate your child about practical things, such as cleaning the kitchen after use, putting the knives away, and washing fruits and vegetables before cooking. Try to instil specific values by telling him/her that there’s no shortcut to cooking or to always thank the person who prepared the food. Here are more confidence-building ideas for children.
A lot of situations can happen during a kitchen role play that children will need to solve. These include missing utensils, insufficient food, and ingredients that won’t fit into the pot.
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