The Henrietta toddlers have a special fondness for working in the dramatic play area with kitchen toys and pretend food every day! Kitchen play supports children in many developmental areas, including fine motor, socialization, and imagination skills. Working with various utensils promotes fine motor skills, eye/hand coordination, and the identification of kitchen tools.
Kitchen play also helps children to socialize and to use their imaginations. Interacting with each other, the toddlers create a variety of settings that require them to practice relationships and social situations. They learn how to work with each other and practice sharing during their many “meals.”
Observing the children pretending to cook with the oven is such fun as they imitate what they have seen adults do in the kitchen. Kitchen play offers a host of learning opportunities for young children!