Kitchen toys provide ideal tools for kinesthetic learners to develop skills. Kinesthetic children learn by doing an activity rather than by reading or listening to the activity being performed. Moving, standing, and working to manipulate objects are vitally important to the kinesthetic child.
Although the primary purpose of play kitchen toys is for play, it is not uncommon for items that are not intentionally designed for education to help develop skills in a child. A real kitchen is full of wonderful things for children to learn. However, a real kitchen is not a safe place for children without close adult supervision. This is where toys like a measuring cup, rolling pin, and whisk offer a safe teaching experience for the child.
Play kitchen toys aren’t always easy to find in retail stores, but they are easy to find online. The Kidkraft kitchen line has items including full kitchen appliances including stove, sink, and refrigerator along with bake sets, toasters, coffee makers, and more. These types of products are ideal for the kinesthetic learner by providing the much needed hands-on learning process.
A play baking set is a great example of how these toys help kinesthetic learners. Allowing a child to use a pretend baking set to bake cookies teaches him to follow directions, measure ingredients, and stir. Kitchen toys, like baking sets, typically include a rolling pin, frying pan, measuring spoon, non-working mixer, spatula, and plastic chocolate chip cookies. Although these are toy instruments, they still have a lot of functionality. For example, Kidkraft’s rolling pin really works and can be used to cut cookies. Learning to multitask is another positive benefit of baking “cookies” with kitchen toys.
Another learning opportunity is found in the use of play kitchen utensils. These sets typically contain a pan with a lid, plates, cups, and utensils. These sets allow kinesthetic learners to act out all the steps involved in preparing a complete meal. The children then use the toys to create a table and serve their food. For added fun, the play utensils and table can be used with a real lunch of sandwiches and chips.
Another learning opportunity comes with using a cupcake stand set. These sets usually contain plastic cupcakes with a stand. Letting your kinesthetic toddler pretend to measure and mix ingredients, bake the cupcakes, and then place the cupcakes on the stand teaches them many valuable skills for lifelong activities, including balance and coordination skills. For added fun, the toy stand can be used to hold eight royal cupcakes for dessert.
Playing with kitchen toys creates a sense of responsibility and pride in a child. As they cook and serve “dinner,” they gain a sense of accomplishment and great pride in their efforts. With activity-based learning, it is important to teach children to complete the activity to the end. A great way to motivate them to complete the activity is to praise their achievements and their efforts to learn. There are still more learning opportunities waiting for them at the end of the meal preparation task. As every chef knows, after the food is prepared and served, the table is cleaned, dishes are washed and dried with ordinary soap and water. Learning to manipulate the cloth or sponge in the kitchen toys helps your coordination skills. Also, you will learn the importance of cleanliness, especially in kitchen products. As a bonus, kids might even become more interested in helping with the actual process of eating.
Playing with kitchen toys helps kinesthetic learners develop important skills without even realizing it. Learning how things work in a practical way teaches lessons that will stay with the child as he grows. The key is to keep them physically involved in their education.