Two of my daughter’s favorite things are food and being artistic. I was extremely excited when I learned about Freshmade NYC’s Palette Palate class. (Such a great name for a unique class–see class description below) The facility is located down in Soho which is a bit of a schlep for us, particularly during this bitter cold winter but I finally arranged for us to do a drop-in class. After all, I think its important for my daughter to learn how to cook and prepare food so that Seamless is not her favorite app like it is her mom’s.
I absolutely love the Freshmade NYC space. It is so warm, inviting and fun. In fact, this is how I envision an eat-in kitchen and play space for my own family. I would love to take a couples cooking class, hang out with my friends and/ or throw an event here. Being here made me long to be a fantastic cook! (oh if only that feeling would remain when it comes time to cooking dinner in my own galley kitchen)
PALETTE-PALATE (ages 18 months to 3.0 years)
A new frontier in Mommy & Me (or caregiver) art classes! Using only items you can find in your fridge or pantry, this class is the ultimate in sensory play and creative activity. Your child will explore the use of all their senses as they touch, taste, smell, look and listen their way through arts & crafts. We will also incorporate a simple cooking project into each lesson, preparing your little ones to grow into our next level of classes. This is a class involving both parent/caregiver and child.
Mondays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Personally, I think Greenlee who turned 21 months yesterday was still too young for this class and question why its listed for ages 18 months. The first activity involved cutting pepper strips and broccoli with a knife (although all my daughter wanted to do was drop the knife on the floor and after being given several, I had to take them away from her) and snipping scallions with a scissor (it was the first time Mommy actually did this!) Since eating with a fork is not a skill that is acquired until two years of age, I feel this class is suited for children 2 and up. I was quite impressed that Greenlee was able to whisk the egg batter while holding the bowl (with some assistance). Even when it was time to eat, cups of water without lids or straws were given to each child.
Putting pretzels, pomegranate seeds, shredded coconut and other goodies into melted chocolate to freeze and make chocolate bark was a fun activity but Greenlee got very agitated when she couldn’t keep eating the foods.
My artists favorite part was when they painted with watercolors.
As our egg muffins baked and the chocolate bark was in the freezer, they read a cute story about Peas & Carrots and some other books.
I would definitely take Greenlee back for more classes, but not until she gets older. I could even see throwing a birthday party here for her when she’s in elementary school.
Disclaimer: I did receive a first time complimentary trial class, but as always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.