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Montessori Tip - Use a Tap Turner or Tap Extender

 

Tap turners and tap extenders for toddlers at How we Montessori
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If your toddler stands on a step stool can they reach the running water but not the tap? If so, a tap turner or tap extender may help. At our kitchen sink Otto washes his dishes, washes his hands, has some water play, fills his water pitcher, gets a drink, fills his watering can. He's up at the sink multiple times a day. With the use of the kitchen helper, he could reach the water once the tap is turned on but he couldn't reach the tap.

Montessori toddler using sink tap independently using tap extender tap turner at How we Montessori

Previously I'd only seen the Aqueduck Tap Extender (a.) but it wouldn't fit our older style of taps. So I went looking. I found a few options which are primarily designed for older people or people who struggle with strength or skill to use a tap. Our tap turner has worked so well, I have to share it with you. 

Otto has to reach a little (he's 22 months), we've only put the tap turner on the cold tap, I try to keep the plug in when he uses it the most (middle of the day) and of course, although he can use it independently children still need supervision. When he is just a little older, and can reach with a small step stool, I will put them on our bathroom taps too.

Montessori toddler using sink tap independently using tap extender tap turner at How we Montessori

I'm interested to see how this one holds up in our kitchen which is a high use area, but I would absolutely recommend them for children's spaces, children's bathrooms or sinks frequently used by toddlers. 

Montessori toddler using sink tap independently using tap extender tap turner at How we Montessori

Hand washing and all those other tasks become super easy. This is a simple way to improve the child's independence and autonomy. 

Montessori toddler using sink tap independently using tap extender tap turner at How we Montessori

I've seen really expensive versions of these tap turners, as a guide ours was £13 for a set of two (one red, one blue). They are super easy to put on and take off.

Montessori toddler using sink tap independently using tap extender tap turner at How we Montessori

To reach the sink independently Otto uses the kitchen helper c/o Sprout.

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