Working in the kitchen is so rewarding. Our children love helping in the kitchen and preparing food. The children have responsibilities to help with chores in the kitchen like unpacking the dishwasher and setting the table and find much pride in preparing their own food.
“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”
One way we have fostered this love for the kitchen is to setup a space in the kitchen for the children at an early age. We found the Montessori Method when our son (now almost 4) was 12 months old. This is a picture of the cabinet he had at an early age. We bought glass plates from the dollar store and cups from a second hand store. Accidents happen and it is tough to see something beautiful break during the child’s learning process. I almost cried when the milk pitcher in the picture broke while Samuel practiced his pouring. Such is life! We always have a healthy snack on his level and a basket of child sized utensils for him to use. Over the years we have moved to different houses and now this same setup is in one of the bottom drawers in our kitchen. The kids love being able to get their own kitchen materials and it is so nice to ask a child to get their own drink or snack while, as a busy mom, I’m in the middle of my own kitchen projects.
Have Fun Setting Up!