Saturday, November 21, 2009

Put your children to work... it's fun!

No, that's not Cinderella, that's Arielle in her apron ($17.99 on sale) from Palumba. She's singing while she sweeps up the dining room floor with her Arielle-sized broom ($19.99).

The Child's Apron is handcrafted in the USA by an Amish women's co-op established by Camden Rose. The aprons are made of 100% cotton and they are machine washable, so your child can paint or cook or clean without fear of getting messy. Best of all the aprons are adjustable at the neck to get the perfect length, so they will fit most children between the ages of 3-6.

There is also an organic cotton apron ($24.99).

The child-size broom is made of natural materials that are both grown and processed in the USA. It is sold as a toy, but it is built just like an adult broom ($54.99) and can be used for real sweeping. Or, for playing Halloween witch.

Linnea is wearing her apron to help in the kitchen.

She doesn't like anything "tight" and it is easy to adjust the straps to keep her comfortable. We are making baked apples. In September, we visited the local orchard and picked bags and bags of apples. We couldn't eat them all, so I chopped some up for the freezer.

When Linnea is in the mood to cook, I take out a bag of frozen apples. She puts them in the baking dish and sprinkles them with cinnamon and brown sugar. They go in the oven and when everything is hot and smells good, we eat baked apples. Thanks, Linnea. Baked apples are so yummy, the elephant wanted a taste.

Kids love helping out. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride and children are more likely to eat healthy food if they help prepare it.

If you need help getting started, The Waldorf kindergarten snack book ($12.95) is full of healthy snacks that can be cooked with children.

Thank you, Palumba, for letting us review the lovely aprons! They make helping out extra fun.

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