As a child’s hands become more capable — able to carry items while walking, turn knobs, and open containers — there are so many things they can do around the house! Inviting toddlers to participate in kitchen-related tasks can be daunting for adults who fear mess or chaos, but looking for opportunities to say “Yes, you can help,” will support their growing independence.
We’ve rounded up some inspiring kitchen set-ups to share ideas on ways that young children can participate in meal preparation.
Montessori Kitchen Ideas from Around the Web
These are not “play kitchens”. The Montessori approach encourages children to use real household materials and practice real life skills.