5 Great Tips for Creating a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

5 Great Tips for Creating a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

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Janie Lee
Feb 1, 2011

So if you had the chance to do it all over again, what would you change about your kitchen to make it more kid-friendly? We've got 5 great tips for you to consider for creating a kitchen that your kids can enjoy with you.

1. Make a place for art. We love the idea of covering the refrigerator in chalkboard panels. Lots of you dislike chalkboards because of the dust it creates, but I've never had a problem with it, especially if you use dustless chalk. A chalkboard on the refrigerator panels takes up no extra space and doubles as a family messaging center and place to jot down items for your next grocery run.

2. Give them a drawer. If you've got the space, set aside a drawer or lower shelf and store all their dishes and utensils in that space. With a special place of their own, little ones will enjoy setting the table and putting clean dishes away.

3. Keep some toys in the kitchen. Stash a small play kitchen or some little pots and pans in a low shelf and let them cook side by side with you.

4. Store food in a reachable spot. Fruit and other healthy snacks can be stored on a low shelf so kids can help themselves to nutritious food when the mood strikes them.

5. Give them a comfortable place to sit. Whether it's a highchair, booster or a child's table and chair set, make sure your little ones have a place they can sit comfortably for meals, art projects and homework.

(Images: 1. Lonny Magazine via Nursery Notations; 2. Mini Nursery Tour: Otis in the House; 3. Kitchen Organization: A Drawer of Their Own; 4. Incorporating Children Into the Decor)

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