With toddler in the kitchen – Our Montessori Prepared Kitchen

A play kitchen for Agastya (16 months). He can open all the kitchen doors independently now. Few weeks ago he couldn’t reach to upper portion but now he can manage himself. Kitchen has “growing legs” so can grow together with him.

All his cutlery, plates, bowls and food table mat are arranged in places marked by red tape. Like this they have they stable places and it is much easier for little one to remember what belongs where. It took him one day to absorb new information and apply it in real.

He can get his small glasses from top left shelf and glass jar from the right one.

Upper wardrobe works as storage for some of his snacks that he can take independently.

“Growing chair” is best for the child to teach him table manners and socialize. We can just move the seats up and down according to our convenience so he can climb up and down independently. Till now he didn’t find out the exact way of doing so but I give him maximum 2-3 days and he will be there. This chair doesn’t have table which is allowing him to enjoy the meal times and gives him feeling of importance.

Table mat you can make very easily by yourself. It again helps to define the space. He was very happy when he found out that spoon fits in its outline.

We have also small stand with two upper shelves for us and three down ones for Agastya. He can come, serve himself, use ingredients for his play cooking (which is not so often as he wants to cook in real on real gas with me) and on low shelf he has his basket with cleaning stuff. We do not keep toy food for play. Instead he plays with real pasta, walnuts, cinnamon sticks, dried grapes…

Learning tower is one of the best inventions in the world. We have it from the time Agastya was 12 months and it is one of the most widely used item in our house. As he has “kitchen fever” or “dry-liquid-pouring-stirring-mixing sensitive period” it is most often utilized in the kitchen but we already used it everywhere. Only two days ago he found out how to get in and out by himself.

 

MAKE SUPER EASY NON-TOXIC PLAY DOUGH IN 10 MINUTES

Hi mommy,

Are you same freak like me searching for as much eco-bio-natural-for the child and planet best homemade stuff as possible?

Today’s class: PLAY DOUG

It is super easy, fast and you can make it immediately from the sources at your home.

For one color you will need:

  • 150 ml of water
  • 75 g of flour (maida)
  • 35 g of salt
  • 1 spoon of vinegar
  • 1/2 spoon of oil
  • food coloring or any natural colors
  • essential oil (optional)

Steps:

  1. Mix water + vinegar + oil + essential oil. Add food coloring as per your desired color tone. 
  2. Put flour and salt in non-stick fry pan and add your liquid mixture. 
  3. Cook approximately 2 minutes till it sticks together and creates one big mass. 
  4. Cook for more 5 minutes continuously moving big mass around the pan. More you keep it on fire less it will stick.
  5. Let the mass cool down and work it out till it is smooth and soft.
  6. Tadaaaaa done! Offer it to your quality controller and keep in fridge in air tight container.

Tips to do it even better:

  • if you don’t have essential oil you can boil cinnamon/cloves/apple in 150ml water
  • put more color to obtain the desired tone as after you mix it with flour it will get lighter in shade
  • if you don’t want to use food coloring you can keep your play dough completely natural color or use natural colors: 

 

 

 

DO NOT FORGET TO INVOLVE YOUR CHILD IN PREPARATION TO KEEP IT AS A NICE,FUN MONTESSORI PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITY