Montessori Cooking Benefits & Why should you incorporate cooking in your kid's routine.
Baking with kids, especially around the holidays, is fun and educational. Food is a wonderful way to show love and begin a holiday tradition that your little one will cherish for years to come. Here are some of the reasons why time in the kitchen is a great way to incorporate Montessori into your home.
Montessori cooking benefits
Reading the recipe together improves vocabulary and fosters an appreciation for literacy.
Discussing measurements and gathering the correct amounts for each ingredient supports your child’s budding counting skills and gives your little one a concrete experience with fractions.
Your child experiences chemistry first hand as they mix ingredients together to form different colours and consistencies.
Setting a timer when goodies go into the oven helps your child conceptualize time. Analogue cooking timers are best as they allow your child to clearly see how much time remains.
Cooking together refines motor skills, increases a sense of independence, and develops self-confidence as your little one creates something to share with the family.
Waiting for your masterpiece to bake/cook gives your child practice with willpower and self-control. But it can be hard even for Mommy and Daddy to wait for something delicious! If your little one is getting antsy, fill the time with cleaning together or another activity like colouring.
Preparing food will give your little one practice with self-care as they create something yummy that they get to eat, wash their hands, clean up, and get comfortable in the kitchen.
Cooking is a great way to feel part of a community, which is what the holidays are all about!
Tip: If your child has trouble sitting for extended periods, have them stand during recipe prep. After transferring all of the ingredients into the bowl, walk to put the bowl on the dirty dish shelf before mixing the next bowl of ingredients. This will help your little one exert effort and come back ready to concentrate on the next task.