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Playful Chef: Deluxe Baking set for Kids

(Mindware $40.95)

Cooking is one of those activities with many rewards, not the least of which leads to eating. For kids, there are all sorts of school skills that are put to use—reading a recipe and following directions involve the mechanics of reading and comprehension. Then there’s math involved in the measuring. After that there’s science as children experience first-hand changes of things are transformed from hot to cold or vice-versa. What happens when a chunk of butter is heated, or it’s mixed with flour? Since cooking involves using kitchen equipment this is often a parent child time and a good one for non-transactional togetherness. Instead of a pizza coming from the freezer, or the shop, cooking gives kids a chance to make something from scratch and the delight of sharing it with others. This cooking set gives them a set of tools of their own that that can use for making the recipes in the box or from any cookbook. In fact, you might want to ogive this with a kids’ cookbook, one that is heavily pictorial and has step by step demo suggestions. Set includes: 22 kid-sized cooking utensils, an apron, instruction guide and 3 cooking challenges with recipes. Marked Ages 8 and up since it involves using cooking appliances.

Ages: Early School

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2021


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