5 Great Tips for Creating a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

5 Great Tips for Creating a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

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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