Preparing food is a big part of Montessori classrooms for young children, and for good reason. It helps develop independence and confidence as children see that they can make food for themselves. It also helps develop organizational skills, as things must be done in a certain order for a recipe to be successful. Measuring ingredients and deciphering recipes are also great ways to practice math and reading skills in a real life situation.
Even very young children can help with things like gathering ingredients, measuring and adding ingredients, mixing, scrubbing fruits and vegetables and cleaning up afterward. If your child enjoys helping in the kitchen though, you can take it so much further.
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