Kid’s DIY breakfast: I made it myself!

01 November 2015

Jerzy and Anna encourage their four-year-old daughter Helena’s independence in the kitchen. ‘She loves to make her own cornflakes with warm milk,’ says Anna. ‘Now we see this scene almost daily. It’s a fun way to start the mornings for all of us.’

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Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs Jerzy and Anna organised their fridge and cabinets so that daughter Helena can reach what she needs

Easy reach

‘We’ve organised our fridge and cabinets so that things we want Helena to have access to are lower down, while things that aren’t safe for her are out of the way.’

A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen A slip-proof step stool is ideal for kids to use around the kitchen

Stepping up safely

‘Our step stool is always near the kitchen island. It’s easy for Helena to push it where she wants it and has anti-slip tape on the steps so she feels extra secure.’ 

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Clear interior organisation

‘Drawers are easier for Helena than shelves. We also added interior organisers so all she needs to do is pick a bowl from the top of the pile.’

A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself A child-friendly cutlery tray is a fun and safe way for Helena to help herself

Top drawer sorting

‘We added a bamboo cutlery tray so that Helena can pick out her favourite spoon. Knives and sharp tools are kept in another part of the kitchen.’

A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative A large workspace gives Helena room to be creative

Generous workspace

‘We planned our kitchen with a large island and as much workspace as we could fit in. It’s worked out well because Helena can spread out her things.’

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Parental peace of mind

‘We want Helena to feel safe and free in the kitchen, but we’re always there if she needs help. Plus, we always set the child lock on the hob as a precaution.’

‘Helena’s proud that she can make her own breakfast. Giving her independence is good for all of us – it’s how she learns for life’

Mini chef: Watch Helena in action making herself breakfast