Different rooms at home contain various elements, some of which are more dangerous than others, especially for little ones. The kitchen is one of the rooms where sharp objects and other not-so-visible ones like bacteria like to hang out.
Cooking is a great way to bond with your family, and simple ways to teach kids about kitchen safety will have a greater impact when they are involved in these activities. As an adult, you are responsible for teaching younger generations about best practices, safety, and, most importantly, how to eat properly.
Use and Clean
Reducing the number of dirty dishes as you go will free up space to handle other objects with care and safety. Teach your kids to use only the necessary elements and not to let dishes pile because they will increase the workload at the end. Cooking with your family and assigning specific roles to each member will raise awareness and responsibility to develop better practices and safety.
Wash Your Hands
This is the base of all safety practices in the kitchen because it prevents bacteria from contaminating food and your body. Washing hands is a simple practice that will decrease your risk of getting an infection or developing some issues.
Stories like Colonel Colon and his League of Fecal Fighters can explain in more detail how important it is to keep your stomach safe and functional. Kids understand better with visual aids; this helps them retain information for longer, especially important information.
Knife and Fire Safety
Knives and fire are two of the most dangerous elements in the kitchen. Fire is a little more contained but could spread quickly if something like towels or paper catches on fire. It is important for your children to know how important it is to pay attention to the stove and never leave it unattended.
Knives are easier to manipulate, which makes them a big threat if kids don’t handle them properly. Always keep these sharp objects away and inside their cases. A good way to let kids learn about kitchen safety is by allowing them to experiment carefully with these objects.
Little kids learn by putting everything in their mouths, so it is important to let them know that this is also the quickest way to get sick. Licking only what is permitted, like a spoon with frosting or trying a new salsa, is ok, but licking counters, raw products, or sharp objects is prohibited. Tell them to always ask before doing anything in the kitchen and keep anything dangerous high up or locked down.