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Kids In The Kitchen – Encourage Cooking With Brio

Kids In The Kitchen – Encourage Cooking With Brio

Encouraging children to be creative will have lifelong benefits.

Whether it is getting them out in the fresh air pretending to be super heroes, painting or role playing; the outcome is the same. Imagination. Creativity. Uniqueness.

kids in the kitchen

For the love of food

I want my children to invent new games, explore ideas and generally learn who they are as people; without influence from me or anyone else telling them what they should like or how they should play.

For those who have followed All Mum Said for a while, you will know that both my husband and I were chefs. Obviously we cook a lot and we teach our kids to cook as well. Not so they can follow our footsteps but so they have this life skill. Our 3 year old, while she is too young to help with the hot stuff, loves stirring and cracking eggs. She takes her role as kitchen helper very seriously. We encourage this and as a result of us nurturing her passion for food, she asked repeatedly for a real ‘little girl’ kitchen.

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Little chef – big passion

How could we say no! We have written a review on the BRIO red stove before and while we still love it and use it regularly, it was missing a vital part of the kitchen. The sink! How could Haddie possibly cook and clean up without a kitchen sink? Like I said, she takes her kitchen role very seriously!

kids in the kitchen

The Brio Kitchen Combo (stove and sink) arrived at the door and Haddie couldn’t wait to get ‘cooking’. We opened the box and got building, it comes flat packed. But you can put that dreaded ‘oh my god I have to build it’ thought to rest because it seriously takes less than 5 minutes and is EASY!!

kids in the kitchen

The stove dials click as they turn and it has a real working digital timer. I wasn’t initially sure how I would feel about the timer (you know, because of noisy toys) but it is not loud enough to annoy parents. It is very cute to watch because Haddie will put her water cakes, biscuits, balls, etc. in the oven to cook and press the timer button. 15 seconds later, BING, food is ready!

kids in the kitchen

Now it is time to clean up. The cupboard door opens and has a shelf to store cloths, utensils and cookware. The little sink gets filled with ‘dirty’ stirrers and the taps are turned on to fill up the sink. *The taps and spout spin but obviously are not real working. It is the perfect height to offer little boys and girls the chance to play house and/or restaurants.

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It is a gorgeous little Brio Kitchen Combo that encourages imagination, thought and play. Nurture their creativity and let kids be kids! For more information on the Brio Kitchen Combo visit the Childsmart website.

How do you encourage your kids in the kitchen?

Disclosure: I received the above item for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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18 Comments

  1. 29/08/2016 / 6:27 am

    How cute! I bet they’ll have years of fun with that!

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:26 am

      They spend so much time playing ‘mums and dads’, cooking, etc. Very cute!

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:26 am

      Does he lick the bowl after? We call that part Hunger Games pt 4. haha.

  2. 29/08/2016 / 7:16 am

    From an early age I had my kids sitting on the kitchen bench and helping me cook dinner. They loved cutting up bacon with their safety scissors for adding to the fried rice.

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:28 am

      That is what we did as well. Sta them up so they watch and help put stuff in. Thanks for linking up today 🙂

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:29 am

      Yes they are. I was stoked when they opted to renew the trial campaign.

  3. 29/08/2016 / 8:59 am

    I would have loved that as a kid!

  4. 29/08/2016 / 9:23 am

    What a great little kitchen! Our kids love playing in their toy kitchen and Miss 7 has a passion for cooking that certainly didn’t come from me! She’s always jumping in to lend a hand at dinner 🙂

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:29 am

      haha it’s funny when kids love cooking but their parents don’t. My mum hated cooking and I became a chef!

  5. 29/08/2016 / 9:29 am

    Wow! That is just perfectly awesome. Great replicas and so well-suited for the children. I encouraged cooking much more with my grandchildren when they were little than my kids. I think this was because I had more time and patience as Grandma! I often cooked on the grandchildren care days and they got to take home (if there was any left!) many of their creations. Great idea to encourage the kids as eventually they do have to look after themselves!

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:31 am

      Yes I completely agree. It is a skill that can be introduced in a fun way but will ensure they are self-sufficient adults.
      I am just about to pop over and link up with you 🙂

  6. 29/08/2016 / 10:03 am

    I must admit I’m not as encouraging as I could be in regards to getting my boys in the kitchen. Mainly because we have a tiny kitchen and it’s hard enough for one person to deal with. But you’re right, it’s an important life skill. My boys are a bit too old for the toy kitchens now, but it looks like a lot of fun.

    • 29/08/2016 / 11:32 am

      Yes a small kitchen does make it harder but every little bit makes a difference.

  7. 29/08/2016 / 12:33 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve seen some excellent play kitchens made out of old entertainment units too, some clever people out there. My daughter is interested in helping to make things and often bakes with her Grandma and Nanna (i leave the cakes to them) and asks to pour things in like rice or “chicken juice” (stock) when I’m cooking.

  8. Kirsty
    29/08/2016 / 1:54 pm

    Could you imagine the screams on Christmas day when the kids found this next to the tree? It’s a great way to keep little ones occupied in their own play cooking space when I am trying to fry or work with pastry at the same time. Much safer. Encourage the kids? I just need to say I cooking and they are in! But there must be tasting involved or they’re out!

  9. 30/08/2016 / 7:43 am

    I love that this kitchen isn’t pink. My boys love being in the kitchen with me and I think that they would love to have a play kitchen at home. I don’t want them to think ‘oh that’s pink, so it is for girls to play with’.

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