Practical life activities make up one of the most important areas of Montessori education, helping with order, concentration, coordination, and independence. And most preschoolers LOVE practical life activities that involve food preparation!
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Here are some Montessori-inspired food preparation ideas found online:
Andrea Coventry had some helpful introductory words in a site that’s no longer available:
“Food prep is a great practical life activity. The children learn self care as they wash their hands. They develop independence as they learn to prepare food. They improve fine motor skills as they prepare the food. They practice grace and courtesy as they offer the food to share with their friends.”
Here’s one of Andrea Coventry’s food preparation articles: Ideas for a Preschool Kitchen Center.
Food Preparation Area from How We Montessori.
I also have healthy recipes for kids and families, such as my healthy, yummy, gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe in my Kids in the Kitchen category.
“Toddler Day Care -Montessori influenced -pretty food” Video from Monarch Montessori Ministry
Montessori Activities for Toddlers: Food Preparation from Daily Montessori
Toddler Knife Skills from The Montessori Motherload
Independent Food Preparation: My Toddler Can Do That? from Montessori Moments
Montessori at Home: Toddlers in the Kitchen from Bluebirdkisses
Activity of the Week – Homemade Ice Cream Right Now! No Machine Required! (my post linking to a post from Simply Montessori)
Learning to Share from MariaMontessori.com
Serve-Yourself Snack Gives You More Freedom from Awake Parent Perspectives
Montessori in the Kitchen from Life in a Pink House
Food Chart from Noor Janan Homeschool.
Montessori-inspired making-applesauce activity (above video) from O’ Boy Organic Blog.
Making zucchini carrot muffins, Montessori Toddler Activities (including preparing snack and making pizza – photo), Slicing and peeling hard-boiled eggs, baking with a toddler, squeezing oranges and making honeydew melon “ice cream,” and making granola for snack time from Nurturing Learning
Making Yeast Pancakes from Early Education with Antek and Kuba (use Google Translate from the blog’s right sidebar)
For Small Hands has many inexpensive child-size tools to use at home.
Kids’ Food Fun Pinterest Board
I have many links to fun food ideas for kids that can often be used to create Montessori-oriented food preparation activities in my Kids’ Food Fun Pinterest board.
What are your child’s favorite food preparation activities?
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