One of the best things about being a blogger is all of the other wonderful and inspiring bloggers that you make contact with. One of those sweet mama’s is Tauna, from Proverbial Homemaker. She offered me the opportunity to review her newest printable resource that would be great for any family. It’s called My First Kitchen Binder (for kids) and it’s a really well rounded program for introducing your the junior chef in your home to working in the kitchen. It starts with all the basics and works all the way up to planning a fun get together with friends. This is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen working safely.
This resource is a whopping 133 pages of teaching and activities! We printed ours out and put it into a 1″ 3 ring binder (one like this 3-Ring Binder with a pocket for a cover page is awesome).
There is an instruction page with guidelines for printing and how to use the Kitchen Binder. We double sided all of the pages up to the Activities section to save paper. We printed the rest single sided and you can print multiples for more kids.
This package includes information on kitchen rules and safety, settings and manners at the table, cooking terms, coloring pages, party planning and invitations, meal planners, recipes, blank recipe pages, note pages, and fun activities (with answer pages as well).
This teaching guide starts with kitchen safety, covering basic rules, food, knife, oven, and microwave safety as well as rules for washing the dishes. These pages would be great laminated and placed where the children can see them for review after going over them.
Most of these are review for my 9 year old as we did a cooking class with a local food group in a commercial kitchen. However, my 3 year old, Mickey Blue, is starting to take an interest in helping make food so it is the perfect time to introduce him to these ideas.
I’ve been reading the rules to the kids while we eat breakfast and then reviewing them as they come up during the day.
All of the rules are laid out in a simple and easy to understand way – which I really appreciate. (No having to try and explain the explanations!) And Tauna has done a great job of including the things we know but sometimes forget that we actually have to teach.Never try to catch a falling knife - My First Kitchen Binder (for kids) Review Click To Tweet
It’s an obvious rule, but how many of you have actually taught that to your kids? Wait… I don’t really want to know in case it’s just me!
This section covers table settings and table manners. The instructions are given for both a casual and a formal table setting! I printed an extra copy of the casual setting and laminated it to use as I teach my kids to set the table.
Currently, Izzy usually watches the smaller kids while I make dinner and set the table. However, now that the littlest boys are getting older, it’s time to start moving everyone back into to the kitchen for some teamwork!
It was fun to see that I still remembered how to set a formal table (Thank you Julia Roberts!)
The table manners were also a great review to my older guy and good intro for my younger boys. We read through a few manners at each lunch meal and then I make lots of “goof ups” for the boys to catch! They love calling me out on my poor manners and it helps them remember what we’re aiming for with good manners.
This just might be my favourite section of the kitchen binder! It pulls out the inner student in me that just wants to know everything.
The first page goes over common terms and what they mean, again broken down into easy to understand definitions. Words like grate, mash, steam, marinate, drain. Again, it’s one of those funny things that you know what they are, but explaining it simply doesn’t always come naturally.
There’s a page for cooking abbreviations for common measurements of fluid, weight and volume given in both imperial and metric. Being Canadian, I really appreciate that both sets have been included.
Oven temperatures are explained – the differences between farenheit & celsius and gas vs. electric ranges. And what those temperatures mean for how quickly food will cook.
There’s a conversion chart for being able to go back and forth between the metric and imperial measurements.
There is also a substitutes chart which I’m going to laminate! (Have I mentioned how much I love my laminator? Do you have one? If not, I highly recommend this one, Scotch 2 Roller System, for price and quality!)
The next two pages are really great for teaching the kids about foods in season. Really handy for meal planning around what will be cheap and abundant.
This section has a set of boy and girl colouring pages. The sweet images show a boy or girl in a chef’s jacket and hat. Each set has a page for recording your name or a page for colouring only.
These are great for keeping younger helpers entertained while working with another child. They could also be really fun to use as reminders for whose turn it is to help with the cooking. Or to highlight who the chef is for that meal!
I was initially really disappointed when I came to this section of the binder. There are really pretty girly invitations (in 2 styles), a page for planning decoration and food (with ideas to get you started), menu pages, food labels, and four different styles of sheets for recording memories. They are great, but VERY girly.
The boys were not forgotten after all! This made my day as I have a house full of boys and I’m not sure if there is ANYTHING pink in our house at all. This section has all the same pages as the other one.
What better way to round off their learning than to plan a party for their friends! It’s a great way to use and then celebrate all the skills of being in the kitchen, planning and organizing that they have gained through using My First Kitchen Binder.
This section has some awesome pages for planning your grocery shopping, pantry list, freezer inventory, weekly and monthly meal plans.
I love that this is included in the kids binder! One of my goals for my children is to have them grow up to be adults that are competent and experienced in life skills. These particular skills often aren’t often taught in schools. That’s why this binder would be great for more than just homeschooling families!
The recipe section starts with full sized pages for creating and recording your own recipes. I appreciate that they are full sized pages so that my older son can write on them himself. They will make a great keep sake book over the years!
There’s also a neat page to help the kids learn to critique a recipe. It looks at whether or not they liked the recipe, why or why not, describing the recipe and rating it on a scale of 1 to 5 cups!
Finally, there are also pages to keep track of your favourite recipes and your families favourite recipes. Great idea, because I don’t know about you, but when I go to meal plan, I draw a blank on what we like to eat.
The recipes themselves have been provided in 2 different format. A formal written recipe with ingredients at the top and directions at the bottom, and recipes with pictures to help younger kids and non readers follow the recipe.
With 10 different recipes you are sure to find something that your kids will like! Even the picky ones. Be prepared though to substitute if your family has any food allergies as many of the recipes call for flour or milk.
Because of our food issues we tried the banana ice cream and the berry crush drink. Both recipes were a hit! But, Izzy by far preferred the ice cream and is constantly asking to make it. We used cashew milk instead of cow’s milk and it was creamy and delicious!!!
There are 4 styles of note pages that can be used for keeping track of your progress, funny things your kids have said, recipes you want to find or try, or any other use that you can come up with.
The activities are a great review whether you use them as you go or after you’ve completed everything.
For those that like to know for sure they are right, or have independent learners who can check their own work, there is also an answers section.
Tauna has done a great job of putting this binder together in a simple to use and easy to understand manner. The printables are really useful and many will be gracing my kitchen as I teach my children.
You can use it slowly, introducing concepts over time for younger children as they learn to help in the kitchen. Or, you could go through it over several days for older children who have more experience.
It’s a great way to get your kids in the kitchen in a positive and fun way. (Not like for poor Mickey Blue, have you read about Mickey Blue and the Curious Case of the Chipotle Incident.
Tauna now has copies in the original format (pink and blue borders) and a green format to please all children. You get a copy of both formats when you purchase the download. To get your copy of this fabulous resource for your home, you can visit Proverbial Homemaker!
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