Montessori Toddler in the Kitchen
Little Bee is a very capable toddler who enjoys helping Mama cook in the kitchen. According to him, it is another fun developmental task that is enjoyable. For Mama, this process is prepping Little Bee to be a helpful and important part of our family.
This last week Little Bee and I were ill with a yucky head cold and Daddy was so kind to make us a delightful warm lentil soup. Plus, Mama put together 10 Montessori toddler in the kitchen activities for Little Bee to enjoy. These activities were inspired by Jennifer’s 30 Day Montessori Challenge on her blog, Study at Home Mama. Visit “Challenge #4 – Set Up an Invitation” for ways to invite your child to explore the kitchen.
Fall Comfort Food – Lentil Soup
This delightful lentil soup recipe was passed down from my mother-in-law and modified by my husband. In our family, we call it “Daddy’s Lentil Soup.” In my humble opinion, it is by far the best lentil soup EVER! 🙂
10 Montessori Toddler in the Kitchen Activities
Little Bee enjoyed using his dinner knife to cut several pieces of chives for our Lentil soup recipe. This was his first attempt at using his dinner knife and it was not an easy task. We will try cutting something easier next time, like a banana!
I love these series of photos of Little Bee and his first introduction to a vegetable grater. I didn’t show him how to grate the carrot because I believe he isn’t developmentally ready for that yet. However, I thought it would be fun to give him the grater and a few carrots to see what he would do with it without instruction. And he did exactly what a tot should do, he stuck the carrots into the holes of the grater. This activity made for several super cute photos and a few chuckles from Mama. 🙂
Little Bee loved helping Mama scrub and wash the potatoes! This was one of his favorite activities while helping Mama in the kitchen.
I set up several transfer and pouring activities with lentils for Little Bee to enjoy. He LOVED this activity and it kept him busy for about 40 minutes. And yes, the lentils were messy all over the floor. So after Little Bee was done with this activity, I showed him how to help Mama clean up.Little Bee enjoyed stacking kitchen gadgets. This was a great activity to expose Little Bee to utensils and gadgets that are used in the kitchen. He loved playing with different sized funnels, heavy metal measuring cups, and squishy plastic containers.
We played a couple fun matching games by matching the same kind of veggie to it’s pair and also by matching a veggie to a picture.
Little Bee poured cups of water into the pan for our lentil soup recipe. Pouring water is always a big hit with a tot! 🙂
Toddlers love to play and make a giant (what we might call) mess! So that is where patience, consistency, and a ton of grace come into play as a parent. We have to show the child how to clean up the mess in a kind loving way… over and over again. This is the key to how a young child will learn – consistency and kindness.
Little Bee helped Mama wash the dishes as part of our clean up duties.
For more yummy recipes visit, “Fall Harvest Recipes, Montessori Style.”