Keep Calm and Carrot On
There’s a lot that can go on in the kitchen when a recipe is made. Working on just one ingredient with your child gives them the chance to learn about just one small piece of the puzzle, without overwhelming them.
If chopped carrots are a required part of your evening dish or family soup tonight, why not invite your child to participate with the food prep? It will engage their sensorial learning and promote independence, as well as allow them to feel like a valued household contributor.
Since a blade will be involved, it’s helpful for you to create a designated workspace where your child can clearly and comfortably handle the materials. By modeling how to use the blade safely, with two hands securely gripping the handle, you set an important standard at the outset.
If carrots are a critical part of the dish you’re making, be aware that you may end up sacrificing a few pieces due to the possibility of unexpected snacking! Remember not to worry and to allow them to enjoy the experience; participation is the goal here!
The key is to simply set up the activity ahead of time and prepare your child for the experience. Find out how this everyday task easily becomes a productive and joyful growth opportunity.
For more tips on how to introduce Montessori activities, read The Nine Key Points to Sharing a New Activity with Your Child.
P.S. Would you like my support and guidance setting-up your Montessori home? If, yes then go ahead and schedule a ‘Discovery Session’ with me. It’s free and you’ll know if we are a good fit. 😉