Today marks Food Revolution Day, a world event put on by (my long time crush...!) Jamie Oliver. We all know that healthy food makes for healthy children, and that educating kids about food, where it comes from, what it does for our minds and bodies is all fundamental to a fit and fabulous future for the next generations. But what if after spending what seems like a lifetime in the kitchen, preparing some culinary delights for your little one, they simple refuse to eat it?
In a family as large as mine, my mum had her fair share of fussiness. Whether it was my little brother Rupert and 'the war on eggs' or my own phase as a 'Roast Pork Vegetarian' (bacon and sausages were of course allowed to pass the lips in true illogical childlike style!) - there was one thing that always got us through our meal times; our favourite dishes and bowls. Seems strange that the continuity of such a little thing could get us through beginning to end of a long Sunday lunch or early morning breakfast with little stress. Either that or our childhood living in the pottery capital, Stoke on Trent had made us a bit particular in our tastes of crockery?!
In fact these stalwart items (above) still remain in the kitchen cupboard (with only one chip between them!) for when we have little visitors to stay; from Noddy to Barbar, they're each a favourite for someone.
Here is our choice of some of the best kids kitchen sets, to get your kids loving mealtimes just that little bit more...
Belle and Boo Cutlery Set (£10) and Melamine Set (£15) - www.belleandboo.com
With superhero this and cartoon that, we can't help but embrace a little boy's simple love of engines and cars, making this set perfect.
Jimbob Art, Plates (£25 each) - www.jimbobart.com The animals are for the kids, the witty wording for the parents!
Posh Totty Designs, Melamine Plate (£7.50), Mug (£7.50) - www.poshtottydesigns.com
Sweet, simple and in neutral tones, these pieces blend into any stylish kitchen.