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In the kitchen with a three-year-old. Practical life in pictures.

Jucing oranges at How we Montessori

Today we spent a lot of time in the kitchen so I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some practical life work. 

Above Otto is using an electric juicer. This is super efficient compared to a manual juicer. The child needs strength to hold the orange and press down. When pressure is applied to the juicer it rotates to juice the fruit. It's also faster than using a manual juicer, Otto can easily juice a bag full of oranges.

Jucing oranges at How we Montessori

The pouring part is a little tricky. Remember to have a small sponge nearby. 

Jucing oranges at How we Montessori

A tasty treat and there is enough to share!

Apple slicer at How we Montessori

Then we set up the apple slicer and corer. Above I forgot to adjust the setting so it also peeled the apple. In the kitchen, Otto is 100% supervised so if he didn't want to slice apples I would have left the slicer and a couple of apples out, so it was still there if he wanted to use it later.

Apple slicer at How we Montessori

This never gets old. 

Apple slicer at How we Montessori

We sliced red apples too. The suction on our slicer is pretty good but if the child needs to support it, they can hold the base. This is fantastic work for building core strength.

Cracking eggs at How we Montessori baking with kids banana muffins

Time to bake mini banana bread for lunchboxes. Otto loves to crack the egg. 

Cracking eggs at How we Montessori baking with kids banana muffins

I've pre-measured the ingredients so all Otto needs to do is mash, pour, and stir. 

Cracking eggs at How we Montessori baking with kids banana muffins

Stirring and mixing ingredients can be difficult for children, it takes a lot of strength. I encourage Otto to hold the bowl close to his body and to hold the bowl with his supporting hand (his left). If your child is struggling to mix things together, I suggest letting them try for as long as they possibly can, each time it gets easier. 

Cracking eggs at How we Montessori baking with kids banana muffins

We put the banana bread into the oven and set the visual timer. We like to use the visual timer as it's easy for the child to see how much time the food has left in the oven. 

Baking mini banana bread at How we Montessori (1)

The banana bread has come out of the oven, it's still hot. Sometimes children want to see what they are capable of and test themselves. I would have waited until they cooled down but I allowed Otto to use his sense of touch and get them out of the baking pan.

Eating what you bake at How we Montessori (1)

I always allow the children to sample food when they like (as long as it's safe), it natural to want to taste, and at this age, they can't resist.

Vegetable and chicken rice wraps at How we Montessori

Time for lunch and we made some vegetable and chicken rice paper rolls. I made some opposite Otto so he could see how to make them. Working alongside the child means we can show the child how to make them, not tell them. They can also keep on looking and use us as a reference when needed.

Vegetable and chicken rice wraps at How we Montessori

He needed a lot of help folding them but it's worth it allowing the children to do as much as possible. He also sampled a lot, but that's ok with me.

Making butter with kids at How we Montessori (1)

Much later in the day, we made some fresh butter. We started with a cup of cream which we got out of the fridge in the morning, it needs to be at room temperature. We put the cream into the butter maker and shake it. 

Making butter with kids at How we Montessori (1)

Luckily Otto had his two brothers around to shake it too. It's hard work. We set the timer and we ended up shaking for around five minutes total. It is too much for a preschooler to do on their own but if everyone in the family or class has a go, it's doable! You don't need a special jar to make butter, we've also made butter before using a baby food jar and a marble.

Making butter with kids at How we Montessori (1)

It's like magic! The cream turns into tasty butter. 

Resources: Electric Juicer (UK), Similar Apple Slicer, Visual Timer, Chef'n Buttercup Butter Maker, Kuhn Rikon Kinderkitchen Dog Knife Straight Blade, Kitchen Helper, Child's Montessori Apron by Marula Tree (UK). 

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