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Play kitchens can help children learn to eat healthy, according to a release from PRWeb for

The East Hanover, N.J.-based Web site that specializes in quality kids’ furniture, from play units to bedroom sets, is reducing prices on its play kitchens in conjunction with “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” a chef who’s on a quest to promote healthy eating in America, particularly in our nation’s schools among our youth.

“Parents today are much more aware of the dangers of childhood obesity than ever before, and shows like ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ are emphasizing the importance of not only feeding kids quality foods, but teaching them to make good personal choices when it comes to diet,” Brandon Fuhrmann, creator, said in the press release. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that play kitchens are the perfect place to start teaching these decision-making skills. They also provide a place for our youngest future chefs to play in a safe and fun environment.”

The more realistic a play kitchen is, the more educational is it, I suppose. My daughter has a play kitchen in none other than the kitchen of our home. She has used it quite a bit over the years (she’s had it since she’s 2 — a gift from Santa that was dropped off for her at his house in Christmas 2005).

The kitchenette has a stove top, oven, microwave, sink and cupboards along with plates, cups and plastic utensils. I’ve added play pots and pans to her set over the years. There’s plenty of play food to play with, too — most of it healthy, with apples, corn on the cob and beans coming to mind for choices. She’ll “make” meals for her dolls and stuffed animals, and me, too.

Play turns into reality as well, as Amber will often ask to help me prepare meals in the big kitchen. One of her favorites is making pancakes on a weekend morning. I usually do the Jiffy Mix/Bisquick route, which requires the mix with milk or water. Amber likes to pour the measured ingredients into a bowl and then whisk it before I pour it onto the griddle.

Educating about healthy eating habits can carry over into food shopping trips. Amber will help choose products listed on my shopping list, and when it comes to shopping for produce, she loves to help weigh the fruits and vegetables on the scales. It’s fun for both of us.

Do you think play kitchens can help children learn about healthy eating habits? Feel free to share your opinions here, and have a good weekend. Thank you for reading!