If I had to pick a toy that’s gotten the most use from a variety of ages, it’d have to be the toy kitchen. Fun pots and pans and realistic toy foods make it a hit. Toddlers run to it, and even first-graders occasionally like to prepare us “dinner.” But what if we’d taken a different approach to the kitchen idea?
How We Montessori shows us how instead of a toy kitchen, children can learn practical life skills with a tiny real kitchen. A low table and chair provide a workspace; shelves store supplies, and a minifridge keeps cold food accessible—all without taking up much more space than a toy kitchen!
—It’s important for your child to be able to access everything they need themselves to foster independence.
—Resist the impulse to overstock your child’s kitchen. When spaces are uncluttered, they’re easier for children to use and keep organized.
—Keeping cleaning supplies nearby helps children to take pride in their space.
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