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IKEA's Newest Campaign is a Manifesto for Fun by Children

IKEA presents "Cooking With Parents" - a manifesto from children to parents with a campaign video called "5 Rules". According to the IKEA's Life At Home Report, watching TV has become the most common family activity (82%), particularly in the UK (88%), the USA (88%), Spain (86%) and the Netherlands (86%). In an attempt to change this, IKEA has made it their aim to bring the kids back into the kitchen.

It is all about making out the do's and don'ts, and instead focusing on five rules that will make cooking fun for kids, as well as manageable for the parents.

Sometimes it sucks to be a kid in the kitchen. Oftentimes kids are not even allowed to be part of the cooking, and when they are, it's all regulated and focused on dull tasks like washing lettuce or tidying up.

“Cooking With Parents” is a manifesto from children to parents. It presents five rules that can bring fun back into cooking – but more importantly bring kids back into the kitchen.

A room filled with dos and don'ts
The five rules are simple but important. Comments like “Don't touch that, it's hot!” and “Follow the recipe!” is something most parents have heard themselves say at some point. But instead of being a place run by rules, the kitchen should be a place for coming together – without fear of mess and scolding.

IKEA’s Life At Home Report finds that nearly half of all parents feel a lack of time to play with their children. Naturally, most feel guilty about this. Simultaneously, most children lack basic food knowledge and cooking skills, simply because parents fear the mess and stress that comes from letting them into the kitchen.

· As many as two of three parents believe it is important to involve their children in the kitchen.
· As many as nine in ten parents say they already involve their kids in the activities around food.
· Kids are however mostly helping out with clearing plates and doing other things connected to cleaning. In other words, just the boring bits...

With so much time spent cooking every day, why not use it for being together? Because if you think about it from a kid's perspective, the kitchen could actually be the funnest room of all.

IKEA believes that children are the most important people in the world, and that there is a lot to learn by listening to them. So we think it's time to let kids into the kitchen. Letting them in for real. It's time for cooking with parents.

Project: Cooking with Parents
Client: IKEA
Directors: Rene Villar-Rios, Daniel Skoglund
Creative Agency: IKEA Creative Hub
Creative Directors: Fredrik Edling, Fredrik Preisler
Agency Contact: Mia Malmström
Production Company: Acne, Redloop

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