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The Spatulatta recipes are designed to be a cooperation
between parent or adult family member and child. We let
Livvy and Belle try new techniques but mom or another adult
is always hovering off screen waiting to step in when called
When it comes to working in the kitchen, you know
your child. You know what abilities your child has
and how fine his or her motor skills are. Some children
are ready to handle a certain kitchen utensil or work
at the stove earlier than others. You will have to
make that determination.
Our recipes are rated with 1 to 3 spatula icons.
You might try some of the "one spatula" recipes first,
just to get a handle on your child's ability.
The adults on the Spatulatta staff function as sous
chefs for the children. We handle all the chopping,
slicing and dicing and set the ingredients out in
bowls. The girls help measure, mix, fold and crimp
pastry. There’s plenty for them to do without
handling any knives. We do let them use kitchen scissors
because they have demonstrated skill with paper scissors.
We recommend that you set the standards in your kitchen.
For example, that you will always light the burners
and oven for your children - and make sure that they
understand that they are not allowed to take those
steps until they have reached a skill level that you
are comfortable with.
Please go over the workings of every electrical appliance
with your child and any "guest cooks" that enter your
kitchen. For example, explain that the beaters should
be inserted into a hand mixer before the mixer is
Safety and courtesy are behaviors that need to be
re-enforced and modeled. Some large companies have
safety meetings every morning to remind their workers
how to handle equipment safely. And these are adults!
Once you've explained how to handle an item
safely, try asking the child to tell you how to do
it the next time the situation comes up. We all learn
best when we try to teach.
We hope you and your child will enjoy the Spatulatta
experience as much as we do!