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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Brenda - August 9, 2020 Reply

I have a 3.5yr old and 1.5yr old and I wanted to turn their ikea kitchen into a functioning kitchen. Both are very independent and love doing things themselves so this is an excellent addition to our house. How do you teach them not to play or pour the water everywhere or does it matter? I put our jug out for a few hours to see how it would work and they ended up with water all over the kitchen and play room… mostly the 1.5yr old. Just wondering how you properly introduce the concept to them?

    Colleen H - August 11, 2020 Reply

    Brenda,

    I would personally separate this as functional work versus play, and I would start slow. In the beginning I might only give them enough water to fill up a pitcher, or a fraction of the sink. If I saw the younger one playing with the water I would step in and redirect. For instance, “This water is for filling up our pitcher. Would you like to fill it with water to pour yourself a drink?” or “I see that you are playing with this water so I am going to turn it off. Here is a towel to help me clean spilled water.” I would also make sure that I am providing a lot of water play opportunities. This will help them distinguish the two while also giving them access to explore. You can also use the older one as a model. “Oh come here and look, they got a cup and are now adding a little bit of water. Now they can take a drink!” Just make sure that it isn’t a comparison statement, but an objective observation.

    xx
    TTL Team Member

Alexandria - June 2, 2020 Reply

I’ve been trying to find a water dispenser and I think I found one like the one you have on Walmart’s website. How do you keep the water jug from coming forward? How do you drain the sink?

    Colleen H - June 3, 2020 Reply

    Alexandria,

    Often the weight of the glass jug plus the water inside is enough from it moving around too much. If that is not the case for your set up you could place an anti slip kitchen mat underneath cut to size. I’ve also used one of those the anti slip treads that you attach in bath tubs. As far as draining the sink, this IKEA one is not attached and just drops in place, so you can remove it and empty as needed.

    xx
    TTL Team Member

Elizabeth - January 27, 2020 Reply

At what age is it practical to begin this? I have the smaller IKEA kitchen and my daughter is 15 months.

Stefani - December 25, 2019 Reply

Hi!

What size is your glass water jug you got from Kmart? We’re both 1 gallon each? Would you be able to measure the width of it lol I’m sorry to be annoying but It would be nice if I could stop purchasing and returning all these drink dispensers and be able to find one that works. It’s gotta be out there and I’m determined to find it lol! Thank you!! <3

Katie - September 21, 2019 Reply

Hi! I’m wondering where you got your water dispenser. I’m having trouble finding one that fits.
Thanks!

Alana - September 15, 2019 Reply

Hi there, I have this Ikea kitchen setup but i’m struggling to find a water dispenser that fits. Do you know where you got the one in the image? Does it fit well behind the sink? Ack, the internet is failing me! Thank you!

    Holly - October 6, 2019 Reply

    Hey Alana!
    We got the Dual Dispenser from Kmart in Australia. It comes with two dispensers and a rack. I used one in the kitchen and one for our hand washing station. Hopefully, you can find one!
    Holly xx

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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