The Coopster has quite the imagination. He received a fun play kitchen for his second birthday in November, and he enjoys cooking The Mr. and I something yummy, with his favorite part being watching us taste the non-existent food he has created. The biggest smiles ever.
Anyhow, I was in our kitchen cooking dinner the other night while he was cooking up a storm with his little kitchen simultaneously, and all of a sudden he screamed. I quickly ran to him, alarmed and thinking to myself, "What is in the playroom that could hurt him?" He said, "Ouch Mommy; hot." As in, he was pretending to cook, and he pretended to accidentally touch his pretend hot pans and burned himself (a pretend burn of course!). Scared me half to death, and then I turned my head to keep him from seeing me smile and laugh. I quickly suggested he run his hands under pretend cold water in his pretend faucet. He followed my advice, looked me straight in the eyes, and did a sigh of relief. Just like that, we went on our merry way cooking. The play room sure has some pretend potential dangers I hadn't thought of before. :)
This scenario plays out several times a day lately. Cracks me up every time, not to mention startles the dickens right out of me.
I found this little chef's hat for my little cook in the kitchen in the $1 bins at Target a while back. Great find. It always inspires him to to do some cooking. He loves to lend a hand in Mommy's kitchen too. When I start getting ready to cook, he always runs in, grabbing his stool and saying, "Mama? I help?"
Here, we were giving the lettuce a rinse.
This salad spinner is a favorite in our house.
And of course, like many evenings before, no salad spinning is complete
without a helping of some couch cushion diving. Good times.
Hallelujah for little cooks in the kitchen!