kitchen helperIt is no secret that I love cooking in the kitchen with my children. There are few other things that I think are more important than teaching your children how to cook. By teaching them how to cook, you are also teaching them how to eat. By teaching them how to cook, I am hopeful that they will try new things, and when cooking for themselves, that they will make better choices because they have the skill set needed to make a healthy meal. I recently read a book about why people do not cook more. Surprisingly, the answer was that their mothers did not include them in the kitchen. Instead of welcoming them to counter to stir, chop, or measure, they shooed them out of the kitchen. They became afraid of cooking, and to me, that is sad. I get that it is not always the easiest thing to do, sometimes I am busy, and I need to get dinner on the table. But when I have some time, bringing my babies into the kitchen is one of my favorite ways to spend time with them.

kitchen helperI learn a lot about them in conversations over a mixing bowl. We talk about a lot of things that we sometimes miss during our busy days. I also teach them a lot about myself during these times too. I tell them stories about my childhood, how I cooked with my mother and grandmother. I am passing on recipes and traditions that I have had in my life for many, many years. And hopefully, when they have their own families, they will pass them on to their own children. Not only that, they are learning. Measuring, sorting, safety, comprehension, the skills are endless.

kitchen helperWhen the generous people behind the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper asked me if I would like to try one out in my own kitchen, I jumped at the offer. In all honesty, I have had my eye on this for a long time. The problem that I have in the kitchen is getting my children to be at the right height to reach the counter. Before, they would stand on a chair, and many times, they have fallen off, or started slipping. The Kitchen Helper, is stable and secure, and provides support on both sides so they will not fall. It is sturdy and makes cooking with the kids even easier. It folds up, and is easily stored. I really like this product and wish that I had it years ago, when they were younger.

the kitchen helperHere are a few recipes that are really fun to make with your kids:

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever (which is what we are making in these pictures)
Pancake Muffins
Banana Bread
Homemade Pizza
Frozen Bananas
Strawberry Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to Make a Gingerbread House

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23 Responses to Product Review: Kitchen Helper

  1. Totally agree about the need to teach kids how to cook. It’s so so so important.

  2. I don’t have children yet but I’ll have to remember this kitchen helper for when I do!

  3. Awww so cute! You have the best little helper!

  4. Sarah says:

    You have the cutest helper with you. I love the look of concentration on his little face as he’s stirring. And I could not agree more about teaching kids to cook. I heard something a few years ago about how so many people our age lack basic cooking skills and don’t understand recipe terminology. That certainly isn’t going to change for our kids unless we do something about it!

  5. Bree says:

    Love cooking with my boys too. This would a a great addition to my kitchen as well :)

  6. That’s great! My kids love to help out in the kitchen as well. :)

  7. Jennifer says:

    Can you tell me about the wall of pictures behind your son in the second picture? What sizes they are and how you did it? It looks awesome and so colorful!

  8. Your son is so cute, especially with the bowl of what looks like chocolate batter for something.

    I don’t understand why kids are shewed out of the kitchen. I mean if you know that the kid is rambunktious, then set guidelines. I’m 18 and I help my mom in the kitchen every once in a while. I think it’s fun; all the experimenting with ingredients and flavors and foods.

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Becca, I get why some moms don’t want their kids in the kitchen. It can be messy, and it definitely takes more time.

  9. Giselle says:

    I used to have my daughter with me on my side whenever I cook and sometimes it helps and sometimes, not..

  10. Lisa says:

    I thought about the Kitchen Helper, but have decided on Little Partner’s Learning Tower instead. I like that Kitchen Helper folds, but Learning Tower has room for 2 kids to stand (with a 2 year old and 3 month old, they will be standing at the same time eventually) and can also be a puppet theatre and you can hang a chalkboard on it. Everyday I get closer to ordering it so it will be in the US waiting for us when we return from NL (no sense shipping it here just to turn around and send it in HHG in a month).

  11. Hi Bree,

    You’ve got the best and cutest helper in your kitchen! I always try to get my kids to help me in the kitchen while cooking, I have noticed that they developed alot of good and creative habits while cooking, the most is confidence. I noticed when you show the kids that they can do what you do and help then they feel you trust them and develop alot of habits.

    I noticed alot of my friends wont allow their kids to be in the kitchen because they are worried but I have always told them to keep the sharp tools away and enjoy it! my 6 years old twins can prepare their lunch without asking for my help but ofcourse I supervise them to make sure they are on track :)


  12. Jenni says:

    We have something very similar to this, a Learning Tower. We LOVE it! I love being able to teach my daughter to cook, or even if she decides to just draw while I cook, we can see what each other is doing, and it helps us to spend time together and not have me resort to turning on the tv!

  13. Claire says:

    That third little picture of him deep in concentration with his tongue sticking out is just about the dearest thing I have ever seen. Love it!

    This post is wonderful. I don’t have any kiddos of my own just yet, but in my babysitting teenage years it was something I love to do with the girls I watched. It was a mess, but it was so much fun! Helping my mom cook was one of my favorite things to do when I was little, and I think that’s why I love cooking so much now! She taught me so much and I will always cherish those memories.

    Thank you for sharing! XO, Claire

  14. gretchen says:

    Hi Bree!
    I’m with you….I LOVE cooking with my kids! Love that they’ll have the memories and it’s just special time for us to be together. Funny thing, they usually end up liking what we cook so much more because they were the “creators!”. Love that you made this cake :)….did you all love it as much as we do?

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