I remember loving to play with my Easy Bake Oven. The only trouble was the size of the darn pans. You couldn’t really bake a cake for the family.
This inspired our decision to incorporate a small usable cooking area for the kids in their classroom area. It’s perfectly accessible and more comfortable for them. We purchased a toaster oven that fits moderately sized pans and brought in the mini fridge from the attic. We got our hands on a hotplate, an egg cooker, coffee pot, and utensils. So far the kids have made coffee, cupcakes, cookies, and pizza in their little kitchen. They even have their own seasoning rack. If they sniff close enough, they may find familiar scents–the ones they’ve smelled in their scent bottles, which relax on the sensorial shelf
There’s a shelf next to the kitchen that houses their tea set, china, dish rack and washing pan, their cleaning spray, duster, and whatever else they need to prepare food, clean their environment, and chow down.
One of their favorite things to do in their kitchen is cut apples for themselves and Henry. Henry’s our guinea pig and he loves apples.
Safety Note: They are always supervised when working with heat. We keep the coffee pot, hotplate, and toaster oven unplugged until we are ready to use them.