Encouraging Culinary Skills

cute skull cap

cute skull cap

JC’s godson, Henry, is 5 years old this weekend and finding something to make as a present to celebrate his birthday is getting trickier as he gets older.

I’ve made him bunting before, a blanket and a bean bag but at 5 years old, something made is less and less appealing I think, so what else could there be?

personalised

personalised

Having picked his mum’s brains about what would be a good idea, we have settled on things that encourage his recently acquired interest in cooking.

His dad likes to fire up the barbecue and does a mean sunday roast so it is lovely that one of his boys is showing an interest too.

Henry helps with supper every night after school and does a fine job it seems.

scull cap and apron

scull cap and apron

He is somewhat envious of his brother’s personalised apron made for him in the past so what better making opportunity than to fill that gap in his culinary equipment so I’ve been making

William’s apron is blue and white checks with his name across the top so we have chosen green and white for Henry with his name across the top.

I have made it with a few extra details such as a big front pocket divided into 2 with another slim divide on the side so that he has somewhere to pop a wooden spoon or whatever implement he needs to have on him.

There are plenty of loops for tying on towels and things as I don’t think you can have too many of this kind of thing on a working apron.

To add to the look (makes it all seem so grown up and professional!) I have done a chef’s skull cap with his name on it too.

applique letters

applique letters

We found a beautifully illustrated Dorling and Kindersley book that is full of skills and advice on equipment and techniques to go with it.

We also came across some very cute ‘mini me’ cooking utensils that are real and useful, but small and pretty handy for 5 year old hands (not kiddy plastic ones which I don’t think he’d appreciate one little bit).

book

book

We see them later today for a birthday tea so fingers crossed they go down well.

cooking equipment

cooking equipment

 

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