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!
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.*
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Some other fun additions are:
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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