THE BEST GUIDE FOR CREATING A MONTESSORI KITCHEN

Preparing your home environment in a Montessori fashion includes lots of little practical life stations. Creating a child-sized Montessori kitchen for your toddler is one of the best practical life additions you can make to your home. Continue reading to find out exactly what you need to create your child’s kitchen!

 

The best guide for creating a Montessori kitchen.

 

THE BEST GUIDE FOR CREATING A MONTESSORI KITCHEN

BASIC MONTESSORI KITCHEN

Water Jug & Glass

One of the best things about having a child-sized kitchen is that your child can learn to get their own glass of water. Promoting independence and confidence while learning how to pour and drink from a glass. *As your child gets older the glassware should change accordingly.*

One Place Setting

Storing only one place setting rather than multiple in the kitchen is important (unless you have more than one child using the kitchen). This will help in the early stages when your child is just learning how to set the table. Your child will feel a sense of community being able to help set the table at meal times.

Towel or Sponge

With any water activities, there are bound to be spills. A towel or sponge will allow the child to have control of error. You’d be surprised how often your child wants a clean and orderly space all thanks to that sensitive period for order!

Bucket

Like I mentioned above, the water doesn’t always make it in the glass. Any water left in the “sink” can then be dumped into a bucket and transferred outside or otherwise disposed of.

 

MONTESSORI KITCHEN ADD-ONS

Snack Station

A self serve snack station is the perfect idea to add to your child’s Montessori kitchen. Giving your child freedom of choice will help their independence soar. Not to mention you can save yourself from hearing “SNACK!” all day long because now, they can just get their own.

Cleaning Supplies

A fantastic addition to your toddler’s kitchen. My personal favorite being the child-sized broom and brush. This one takes time to master but you can make it a fun game by taping a square on the floor for them to brush into. The concentration level is strong with this one!

Learning Tower

A learning tower is the perfect way to bring children up to the counter making it easy to work alongside you through meal time prep! My 3.5 year old is able to use a step stool now but only for the last few months so the learning tower really helped us fill a gap when we needed just a bit more safety.

Chopping Board

We store a chopping board in our daughter’s kitchen so she can easily use her butter knife to cut soft fruit anytime she likes. After working with butter knives and the wavy knife we allowed her to start chopping using a child-friendly paring knife, always with supervision and never stored in her kitchen.

Other Age Appropriate Kitchen Tools

Some other fun additions are:

  • potato masher (mainly for avocado mashing)
  • manual juicer
  • strawberry slicer
  • salad spinner
  • apple cutter
  • strainer for washing fruit and veg
  • brush for scrubbing fruit and veg
  • manual egg beaters
  • egg slicer

 

I’d love to hear what you plan to have or already have in your toddler’s Montessori kitchen. Leave a comment below and let me know what’s in store!

 

 

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Tanya Van Kirk - March 5, 2019 Reply

I have 2.5yr triplets. I really want to offer a Montessori style kitchen to them but I am running into issues. First, something big enough when we aren’t waiting our turn. Second, when one is pouring water correctly the other comes up behind them and dumps the jug which makes number one our their glass on the floor and number three to come over and throw the glass down on the floor for negative attention since 1 and 2 are gettting attention. Sorry falling asleep during post.. the other issue is the same for all activities I try. What can I expect them to do that’s age appropriate given the extra chaos factor from being in each other’s space all the time. Do you recommend separate working kitchens? Thanks

    Holly - March 22, 2019 Reply

    Tanya,
    Although 3 separate kitchens would be wonderful, it’s not very practical. I would suggest getting a sand timer (I got mine from Amazon). If one child is going to use the kitchen to pour a glass of water you could use a minute timer. They should first turn the timer upside down and then get their water. This will indicate to the other children that they have to wait until the timer is done before getting their glass of water. You could perhaps put a piece of tape on the floor where the other children should stand while they wait for the timer to finish. This, of course, won’t happen on its own. You will have to model, explain and reinforce the rules of the timer. Essentially you can use the timer for any material you’d like them to share even the bathroom sink at bedtime! The timers work great for this age because they are turning “wait one minute” into a visual that is much easier for a toddler to understand. Hopefully this helps! You’ll have to update me if you give it a try. 🙂

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