When we moved into our new house, just a couple months ago, I knew I had to figure out how I was going to keep the kitchen area safe for Lucas, who is know crawling (almost walking, but still not that interested!) and into everything. The layout of my house is really nice and perfect for kids, in that he can be in the family room playing with his toys and I can see him from the kitchen. But, when I’m in the kitchen, chances are he wants to be in there too “helping”me cook or clean.
Instead of locking up every drawer and putting everything off limits, I decided to give him one drawer. Inside I keep a few random things that he pulls out and plays with. He knows this drawer is for him and has his stuff in it. He goes to this drawer every time, and I hardly ever have to ask him to stay out of another drawer.
I added his favorite things; a spatula, tupperware, a measuring cup and other random kitchen things. What else could I add that he might like? I thought I was being creative adding cherrios to an old pop bottle but he doesn’t seem too interested.
I also have magnetic letters on the fridge which he will occasionally play with. I think as he gets older they will be more exciting to him.
What ideas do you have for creating a specific space in a room for your kids?