• Microwave location is critical for grade schoolers. It should not be above the cooking surface—kids might climb up onto the stove top to use the microwave. Place it on a low counter top, in a base cabinet, or in a wall cabinet where the bottom of the microwave is no more than 48 inches from the floor. Place counter space in front or to the sides of the microwave so hot dishes can quickly be put down.
  • Use roll out trays in base kitchen cabinets to store everyday, non-breakable dishes and cups, cereal boxes, and snack items.
  • You will want to have a 36-inch high counter on your island or peninsula for budding artists to color or sculpt clay while you prepare dinner, for doing homework, or for serving snacks.
  • Be sure your counter stools have high backs and arm rests to keep kids from slipping off.
  • Kids this age love to help. Let them! Keep your recycling center accessible so they can help clean up. Have them help load and unload the dishwasher by locating it close to the sink and storage space for dishes. Have a lower counter that is 30 inches from the floor for kids to stand and help with meal prep.
  • Consider locating a computer desk away from kitchen traffic, but where you can easily monitor its use.