IN THE KITCHEN WITH 17 MONTHS OLD TODDLER

We love to cook…Actually the truth is I don’t like to cook so much but as my little one is big fan of kitchen, all the utensils and specially gas stove we really spend majority of our time there. What one loving mother doesn’t do for her child 😀

Whenever my son is sleeping and I have some time I always think what to do. Is this the activity my little one would love to do or it’s still too difficult for him? Most of the time I answer to myself…”This he would love to do. This you can do with help of child. This is his favorite. This he would love to learn for sure.” So I end up writing blog and leaving all the work to my toddler at home. Child labor? What to do, he just loves all that adults hate, so as the best mother, I allow him to learn. 😛

There are lot of practical life activities we do at home and I would like to sum up all we did in the kitchen in his 17th month (yesterday he turned 18) 🙂

He loves to put things in pots and stir and stir and stir.

Pouring the rice from small jar.

First he breaks eggs and then adds pre-cooked homemade pasta.

Adding some food color to our homemade non-toxic play dough. You can read about it in the post Make super easy non-toxic play dough in 10 mins.

Dry spooning.

Officially this activity started as spices smelling activity but little one decided to make his own spices mix which we now use in kitchen.

Peeling the onion is awesome activity to develop fine motor skills.

Play dough cooking. How? See in older post.

Every morning preparing tea for dad…

…and coffee for mum 🙂

Another great activity for fine motor skills development.

 

Dry roses fine motor activities for toddlers.

It was a Women’s Day and I got the flowers,yaaaay 🙂 Once they dried out they became great material for sensory play, development of pincer grip, hand-eye coordination, strength in wrist and indirectly writing skills.

What to do with dry roses if your child is only 17 months (or less)?

Separate them into petals to develop pincer grip.
Grind them to develop strength in wrist and arm
‘Cook’ with them to develop circular movements of hand and arm.

Montessori inspired Holi Celebration for Toddlers

We live in India, country full of people, animals, music, smell and colors… There are all religions and cultures around us so we really get lot of opportunities to learn about different people and their different worlds. As my boy is becoming older I started to think about putting together a kind of calendar with all the world dates, hindu dates, christian dates, pagan traditions.

On Monday 13th of March we celebrated our first Holi together. And because I could not find any event suitable for toddlers I decided to host one and of course Montessori inspired.


Holi, celebrated in Phagun (March), the last month of the Hindu calendar is called ‘festival of colors’. It falls on the full moon day when bonfire (holi) is lit to drive away all the evil and purify the atmosphere. Holi symbolizes the destruction of demonic energies and start of new time, spring. Earlier ashes from the bonfire were applied on the body and remaining immersed in the flowing water invoking prosperity and protection. Nowadays colored powder has replaced ash. The bright colors symbolize new beginnings.


Yes, Holi is very nice festival and I can’t wait for next year once my son is older so we can dig deep into the topic.

For this day I decided to put up all the colorful materials. I divided activities into wet and dry ones. Age range : 15 – 22 months.

Practical life exercise – MIRROR CLEANING and Shape sticking with water
Practical life exercise – WATER POURING and WATER SPOONING
Dry spooning – Rangoli Making- pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination
Dry spooning – colorful sand – pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination
Shape sticking – pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination
Homemade play dough – pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination
Pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination
Originally prepared as water pouring activity. Became water spraying activity. Great to develop strength in fingers and wrist, eye-hand coordination.
Rangoli Making – pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination
Sensory bin with organic colors.
Water pouring activity – pincer grasp development, eye-hand coordination, focus.
Relax 🙂 Water painting.

 

Make colors at home but listen to your child!

Today I spent my son’s nap time preparing edible paints, pasting huge papers on the floor, thinking about all the activity over and over so it’s perfect…and then…he woke up and hated the color :/ Not as expected. He just didn’t like the feeling of color on his fingers and he hated to become dirty (this is something new) 😀

The recipe for the homemade edible paint:

As he didn’t enjoy new paint I offered him our regular tempera colors but he did’t get into that neither.

I left and came back with his favorite markers…and yes he got excited, he just wanted his foot outline on the paper and left the activity again.

So I came up with ‘drawing on the windows’ idea. We have super cool Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 Colouring Pencils become Water Color become Wax Crayons, that you can use for paper, black board and glass too. What’s better, you can also remove it 🙂 Heaven for all creative souls and my son enjoyed cleaning the window more…

I guessed he is just not in mood for art and listened to him…He wanted to see his new Universe Flash Cards I made few days ago.

Dear mommies, I failed to listen to my son today to get nice post about the homemade colors. Just a quick reminder for myself: Listen and follow your child!