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Salt Dough decorations

Salt Dough decorations

29/11/2013

Salt Dough Christmas Decorations NOT FOR EATING! If you want to make salt dough decorations with your children, so they can paint them and put them on the tree, here is a good basic recipe from Kirstie Allsop's Christmas show. Here's a nice idea - why not make a small batch every year with your children and write the year or their initials and age on the back each year? That way they can see how their skills developed as they grew, it's a little potted history of their ...

Make Your Own Chef's Hat

Make Your Own Chef's Hat

15/11/2013

Make Your Own Chef's Hat If your kids would love to dress up as a chef when cooking in your kitchen but you don't want to fork out a tenner on a fabric hat from a dress up shop which will fit them for five minutes, you could try this craft paper version which we found on Spoonful. Using a piece of card, some tissue and a paperclip or two, this is a fairly straightforward activity and you can make it exactly the right size. This would also be really helpful if you are ha...

Adaptive Cooking Tools for Special Needs

Adaptive Cooking Tools for Special Needs

15/02/2013

Adaptive Cooking Tools For Special Needs If you are cooking with children who have additional needs, you may be looking for advice on how to make cooking as safe and accessible as possible. This article on Your Special Chef about adapting ordinary cooking tools to include everyone effectively is a really useful read. The article covers tools which help with grip, slipping, opening things, draining things, cutting, peeling, and easy to understand measuring tools. ...

My Safe Cutter

My Safe Cutter

15/02/2013

My Safe Cutter We bought one of these at a Pampered Chefevening for the local Brownies, honestly just to be able to buy something small and inexpensive, but now we have tried them out on the kids and think they're great. It's a knife designed to help children practice cutting in reasonable safety. The end is sharp enough to pierce apple skins, tomatoes, some cheese, but rounded enough not to take their wrists out (or fingers off) if they slip. ...

The Learning Tower - safe step for cooking

The Learning Tower - safe step for cooking

09/02/2011

The Learning Tower - A Safe Step For Cooking We discovered this brilliant safe step at a toy fair this year. It is designed to let children - from 18 months of age - stand safely at your kitchen worktop height. One of the most anxiety-provoking parts of having kids learn to cook is that they usually have to stand on a step or kneel on a chair to reach the worktop effectively. Often they end up having to stretch to reach things and are not quite at the right height to handle too...

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