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Otto cherry chopper at 21 months at How we Montessori toddler food prep

It's almost summer and the summer fruits have started to appear at our local farms and markets. Cherries are perhaps Otto's favourite!!

Otto cherry chopper at 21 months at How we Montessori toddler food prep

But first, we have to remove the pit! 

Montessori toddler strawberry slicer at How we Montessori Otto 21 months

Last weekend we went strawberry picking at a pick-your-own farm. It was so much fun but of course, we came home with a ton of strawberries. Otto has been using this strawberry slicer since he was around 14 months old. It is sharp so be careful. Ripe and small strawberries are the easiest for the young toddler to slice and make sure they keep their fingers out of the way! Otto is demonstrating well pictured below. If the child doesn't have the strength it may help if they stand up and press down. 

Montessori toddler strawberry slicer at How we Montessori Otto 21 months

Apple slicing is always a favourite too! If you can get a good attachment (suction) onto your table it is entirely possible for a toddler to do this independently. Otto stops and starts, goes forwards and backwards but can peel and slice the apple. I put the apple onto the slicer to get him started. We are using Pink Lady apples and they may be a bit easier than other varieties we've used. 

Montessori toddler strawberry slicer at How we Montessori Otto 21 months

Scooping melon balls. This gets a little mushy but still edible. A very tactile experience by the end.

Otto cherry chopper at 21 months at How we Montessori toddler food prep

The good old banana slicer. 

Montessori toddler one year at How we Montessori  banana slicing at 21 months

I add a little pair of mini tongs to most food prep activities. Sometimes Otto uses them, sometimes he doesn't. They are fantastic for building hand strength and for developing fine motor control!

Montessori toddler one year at How we Montessori  banana slicing at 21 months

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