The modern kitchen has increasingly become a meeting space for the entire family. Family members move in and out of the kitchen throughout the day, grabbing a snack, talking on the phone, and sitting down to talk. If you find that your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, you can use this to your advantage by making the kitchen a friendly place for kids to do homework!
Create a Designated Homework Area
Of course, the first step to creating a homework-friendly kitchen is to create a designated space for kids to come home and do their homework everyday. If kids know exactly where and when to do their homework, it will help them to do their homework more efficiently. Plus, with family members moving in and out of the kitchen, kids can always reach out to a parent or older sibling when they need help solving an especially hard math problem.
The kitchens of the 1990s incorporated desks for doing work. That trend has sailed, but there are still ways to create an easily accessible workspace in the kitchen. Kids will need a spacious surface to spread out papers and books. Simply sitting at a small table or corner of the counter won’t cut it. If you have room for a dining room, you can create this space as a multifunctional room. When you’re not having a family dinner at the dining room table, make sure that the table is cleared of all table decorations, salt and pepper shakers, and any other objects. Having an expansive, empty table allows kids the room to spread out and zone into their work.
If you don’t have a dining room, consider the usefulness of the kitchen island. Not only is a kitchen island a great place to prepare food, when equipped with stools, it becomes the perfect place for kids to sit and concentrate on their homework.
Make Healthy Snacks Available
Everybody knows that kids can’t do homework without brainfood! While there’s lots of food available in the kitchen, there are a few tricks that make kids more likely to grab a healthy snack than a bag of cookies.
First, try storing away unhealthy snacks in places that are harder to reach, like the top shelf of a cabinet or pantry. Kids are more likely to grab a healthy snack if it’s in a place that’s immediately visible and easy to reach. You can store healthy fruits–like apples, bananas, and oranges–in a bowl on the countertop where they are easily reachable. Store other healthy snacks–like raisins, nuts, and trail mix–in glass jars lined up on display. Inside the fridge, you can label one drawer as “afterschool food” and fill it with cheese sticks, baby carrots, grapes, and other healthy snacks.
Choose the Right Color Scheme
Creativity is so important when it comes to inspiring innovative, outside-the-box thinking. Light shades of blue and green have been proven to stimulate creativity and productivity, so choosing one of these colors as the color scheme for your kitchen can help your kids get their creative juices flowing when it’s time to sit down and do homework. If you’re looking for a simple makeover for your kitchen that will make it look refreshed and also kid-friendly, then this is it.
Consider how elegant a mint and grey color scheme would look in the kitchen. Or how a fresh coat of paint in robin’s egg blue combined with bright cobalt blue accents in a new backsplash would create a soothing atmosphere for kids…and adults! Renovating your kitchen to be more homework-friendly is a great idea for the whole family.
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