How to practice independence in the kitchen?

How to practice independence in the kitchen?

The kitchen is a space where you can carry out many activities that support the development of children. These activities not only teach them, but also relax and entertain them.

Despite this, the kitchen is considered an environment  full of dangers where there are fragile, sharp and intimidating elements such as fire.

Through Montessori at Home, I want to teach you how to turn the kitchen into a place where the child can safely explore, practice independence and also keep each other company and spend time together.

To achieve this, I recommend incorporating a Montessori learning tower.

The Montessori tower is a piece of furniture that makes it easier for the child to access the kitchen furniture. 

When they climb the tower, they are at the same height as the adult, and in this way they can participate in household chores such as cooking or washing dishes.

 But what differentiates the tower from other furniture is that its design makes the child safe, without danger of falling.

I get asked a lot…

From what age is the Montessori tower recommended?

I recommend the tower since the child can stand up on his own. Children don’t have to be experts at walking, they just need to be able to stand upright. To get on, they just  need to climb the steps and that is something they already know.

The Montessori tower is a great addition to your home routine. Before lunchtime, we can invite the child to climb the tower and be part of the food preparation process. In this way, they will be practicing independence and will have the opportunity of taking responsibility for their own actions, for example, washing the dishes after they finish the activity. 

Needless to say, by incorporating the tower into our daily routine, we are gaining quality time with our children. They can keep us company while we do things in the kitchen, we can help them feel like they are contributing to the household chores or they can just practice their everyday activities.

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