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This is my last post for our kitchen area. Have you might have seen, I have turned these posts into a series and added a link in the right hand side bar of my blog.
I’ll be continuing this series with the other rooms of our house that we are organizing for the children, and posting along as the changes are completed.
So onto the snack drawer.
The drawer we had dedicated to our children was the bottom one. But as I was saying earlier on, for security reasons, we had to temporarily change that so that E could not have free access to it.
ON the left hand side, you see a cutting board with a compost bowl on top of it. My kids are strongly encouraged to use the compost bowl every time they cut out something, so no peels or other composting material is left on the table, and it makes cleaning a lot easier. Behind that is the utility caddy, I’ll get back to it in a minute.
Then in the middle row, we have the tiny sieve for washing berries. I realized that they often forgot to rinse berries before eating them, and after looking at them do it, I understood that it was because they had trouble doing it. THis is when the idea of the small sieve came to mind, and indeed, it does help. Behind that we have the apple slicer, and the peeler (well, this green one pretty much does anything to apples… (and potatoes, and pears…ask X he tried…) I think the only thing it does not is eat them!)
Finally on the right hand side we have the see through containers for snacks. I love those, because the lid closes easily with a snap system. I bought them last year, and I am now having a hard time finding more. They are currently empty, because they are washed once a week by the kids (today) and filled after our grocery shopping (later today). In the back is our rice cakes containers (during summer, because these are the sandwich boxes for school lunch)
This is my favourite part of the drawer. This caddy contains everything my kids currently need to cook, help us cook, and prepare snacks. At first, all those things were in a little container, but everything was always on top of each other, and I disliked the clutter that it was making in there (plus the kids never used the utensils, they never had the patience to find what they wanted).
With this caddy everything is in sight.
It contains; Child size wooden spoon and a spatula used mainly when they cook with us, beside, the cup you see is like a set of measuring spoons.
On the second row we have tongs, and a cheese cutter, and finally, on the third row a knife and a carrot peeler. Those are located in the back because the drawer cannot open entirely, making them hard to reach, and so they are out of reach for E, even if he managed to open the drawer.
I didn’t want to add to much to the drawer, because it would be overwhelming. These are the things they use commonly either when preparing a snack, or when they are cooking with me, including the little mesure cup as X is learning how to mesure. I am sure this is something that will evolve with time though
I hope you have enjoyed this kitchen tour!