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#KidsintheKitchen Pretend Play Kitchen

Shae’s life revolves around a few things; watching Arthur on the iPad, annoying Sabreena and her play kitchen. She’s had a play kitchen since she was just over 1 year old.

The kitchen has changed but her obsession with pretend food and playing restaurant. The other day I replenished her kitchen with tons of new stuff and she’s been playing for hours at a time.

Kids in the Kitchen, play kitchenWith her apron on and notepad in hand she walks around the house taking orders and hurries off to prepare your meal. She also doesn’t forget to bring the check. She likes to overcharge Uncle Mark.

Utilizing this play time has always been a great time to incorporate learning. She’s known her colors since she was a toddler and has been able to name some lesser known produce like coconuts, kiwi, avocado and kumquats. Even though her food is wooden and her knife isn’t sharp she’s always so careful to hold it correctly and not slam into her little fingers.

#kidsinthekitchen, play kitchenThese lessons have only improved her imagination and knowledge over the years. She’s a pleasure to take into a restaurant because she know exactly how to order and what to expect.

Pretend Play is vital for learning problem solving, critical thinking, language skills and self expression. You don’t need the elaborate set up that we have to enhance your child’s imagination play.  Recycled boxes from your own pantry, a coffee table and a few stuffed animals is all you need to create your own Play Restaurant.

Did your kids help with meal planning this week? Did your kids discover a new food and love it? Share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen. I would love for you to join me and my co-hosts, Paula at Frosted Fingers and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together and enjoying it and learning something.

  • preparing healthy snacks
  • having a tea party
  • counting skills with m&ms
  • pouring from measuring cups
  • discovering a local restaurant that your kids love
  • creating new family friendly recipes

Don’t have a blog, then share a photo you uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Share whatever you have, we want to see it.

Linky Rules

1. Link up only your kid friendly recipes, stories, pictures or cooking lessons here.
2. Link directly to a specific post, update or tweet not your homepage.
3. Please add a Kids in the Kitchen button or link on your site or blog post or share through social media so readers know you are participating.
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4. Click through and comment, pin, like, tweet or share with other participants. We love to share inspiration and ideas with each other, don’t link and run.
5. Follow the hosts of this feature,Paula at Frosted Fingers, Sara at Sensibly Sara and me, Melinda at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!

I can’t wait to see all of the fun food themed ideas, excursions and photos you have to share.

Dessert Anyone?

Do you know what you’re getting for the kids and babies in your family for the holidays? Visit Land of Nod not just for toys and games but for furniture, organization idea and nursery décor. In fact I only knew about Land of Nod for their extensive nursery and baby gear selections. I always wanted to register there but their actual stores are in the Chicago area plus one in Seattle.

The Land of Nod is a leading catalog, web and retail company. In addition to specializing in exclusive children’s furniture, bedding, playrooms, and accessories,The Land of Nod also carries popular baby gear brands in strollers, car seats, clothing, toys, and much more.  The Land of Nod: You’ll find everything for your kid’s room from A to ZZZ.

This holiday season The Land of Nod is showing off some of their favorite products to the blog world. I got the chance to review the Two Tier Treat Tray. You all should now our obsession with playfood and the fact that Shae plays in her kitchen each day. The particular set is absolutely adorable and perfect for kids who play kitchen, store or tea party. My best friend’s kids play store every day; they turn their play kitchen into a bakery where they serve pizza and donuts. This dessert collection is going to be the perfect addition to their make believe store front.

two tier treat tray

sweet little cupcake

This set includes three cupcakes, three chocolate cookies, two vanilla cookies, two cake rolls, two slices of cake and three wafers. Best of all it is made with sustainable solid wood. The assembly literally takes 2 minutes; 2 bolts to put the tray together. Each piece is painted and decorated to be cute with realistic touches. I can’t wait to see those kids open this up.