My three year old and I just headed over to the historic Flour District of Manhattan (otherwise known as W27th Street) for a trial class at Cupcake Kids! Cooking School and had an absolute blast. The school’s adorable studio kitchen is bright, colorful and inviting for little ones. Tons of brightly colored baskets, bins and junior-sized, professional-grade tables and cookware made me truly feel like I was at a culinary institute for the mini set. Our instructor, Morgan, did a fabulous job keeping our small class of 2-4 year olds entertained and engaged as we learned how to make mini blueberry pies. I really appreciated how the instructor incorporated counting, color identification, listening skills and manners in a playful manner that captured my daughter’s attention for the full hour. We began with identifying ingredients and mixing up our creations. While the pies baked Morgan made a game of cleaning up that included colorful sponges for washing the tabletops. Then she read “If You Give A Mouse A Cupcake” and led the kids in setting up a picnic table with place settings to enjoy the fruits of their labor. We even got to color pictures just like the main mouse character in the book and hang them on the studio’s refrigerator.
According to Cupcake Kids!, they offer weekly cooking classes, summer camps, birthday parties, field trips and other special occasion events. The new kitchen studio is the first and only kitchen studio in Manhattan just for kids. Their instructors can also come to your school, home or a nearby NYC location.
The idea for Cupcake Kids! was born when Jessi Walter decided to combine her love of kids and food in a practical way. Jessi set out to create a company that would provide students with hands-on cooking experiences designed to provide them with the opportunity to have fun in the kitchen while learning about food and nutrition. Jessi believes that creativity and education in the kitchen play an important role in a child’s development and help kids to build self-confidence and independence.
Check them out at www.cupcakekids.com for schedules and pricing. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to pass on the love of food and cooking to the next generation. According to their website one can also purchase gift certificates. What a great gift idea for grandparents. Even better have them take them to class and create an experience they will remember far longer than the season’s latest toy.
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– That’s IT Mommy Friend, Jill