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Jan 24, 2011 08:57 AM

Should little boys play with kitchens?


I love this article. Even (even more?) on CH, I see so much gender stereotyping and chauvanism. I think it's terrific that some people have their big beautiful brains wide open. I'll look forward to lots more.

  1. My 2 yr old nephew got a toy kitchen for xmas this year (the same model pictured) and has a little apron and hat. He loves it. As someone who isn't a fan of the colour pink, I like that there are some toy kitchens that are more realistic looking (my apologies if I insult anyone with a pink kitchen). He already loves to eat, so I hope that when he gets older he will learn to love to cook.

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    1. re: viperlush

      I'm SO wanting to be a grandmother so if/when I am, a toy kitchen will definitely be a gift from me regardless of the gender. Love the apron/toque idea.

      1. re: c oliver

        Grandpa was the only one that he would "cook" for. He kept pushing everyone else out of the room.

        But I did get to decorate a gingerbread house with him. I squeezed icing onto the candy, he placed it on the house. I wasn't allowed to do anything else.

        He loves my mom's sugar cookies and I know she is looking forward to his next visit so that she can bake/decorate them with him.

    2. Fabulous. If we had a house with that kind of space, and the money, we'd buy a play kitchen for our son as well. As it is, I just sat him on my lap yesterday while we watched daddy prepare a casserole. and sometimes he sits with Dad and watches Mommy make the casserole. Which to me, is what it's all about. Food shouldn't prefer either gender, and should be something that's the most fun thing of all to do at home.

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      1. re: rockandroller1

        You know what, rather than a toy kitchen, you're much better off giving your son the opportunity to work with real pots, pans, and food. Even a two year old can tear up herbs, mix batter, or use a rolling pin to "roll" out dough. My boys never had much interest in toy kitchens; they wanted to interact with the real stuff. One of them, at age 9, is a fairly competant cook.

        1. re: tcamp

          I bet this little boy is already doing what you suggest.

          1. re: John E.

            Indeed, he stirs up plenty on the floor with his pots and pans and spoons. He also "helps" every time we put away groceries which is a sneaky way for me to get him to identify foods. He takes each item (that he can lift - he's only 20 months old) out of the bag and hands it to me. Oh thank you son, that's a nice red pepper. Now, can you get that bread out of there? Thank you. Etc.

      2. One would hope that shouldn't even be a question these days. Sadly enough, it still is.

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        1. re: linguafood

          I was thinking the same thing but don't remember it being an issue. All the boys and girls had toys kitchens when my children were little and no one bat an eye. Maybe it's the circle people hang out in. We inherited a great one from my nephews and then passed it on to another nephew.

          1. absolupositivilutely!

            Not only are there more male chefs than female, but the last time I checked, there was nothing about cooking that required ovaries....any more than working on a car requires testicles.

            We should all grow up to do something we love.

            I was an instructor several years ago at a Young Chefs Academy franchise...we had *lots* more boys than girls...and judging by the condition of their aprons at the end of class, the boys definitely "got into" their work more than the girls did!

            YCA is real cooking, just aimed at kids, and a great way to create little Hounds, as they don't cater to typical kid week we did a lightly curried cream of pumpkin soup (which was awesome, by the way) -- I almost fell over when a 9-year-old tasted it, got a thoughtful look on his face and said "this would be killer with some crab meat."

            He was absolutely right, but I didn't expect that out of a 9-year-old.