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Montessori Kids in the Kitchen

I love to have my kids work with me and help in the kitchen. I mean honestly, I use to say my son was the next Emeril. I've learned that making it easier for the kids to get to what they need is not only a huge benefit to them, helping to build their confidence and learn responsibility, it's also a huge help to me.

 It's very important for children to have their own space. So in my kitchen I have a lower cabinet that holds all the kids plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. This works out great because it's easy for them to get what they need. 

Montessori in the Kitchen {Montessori on a Budget}

In the pantry I store all the children's snacks on the bottom shelf, pretzels, graham crackers, granola bars, trail mix, all the things they like to eat. To the left of the snacks is a basket filled with cloths for their face and hands.

Montessori in the Kitchen {Montessori on a Budget}

These Blue baskets were a great find from the Dollar Store, they have handles so they are easy for the little ones to pull in and out of the refrigerator. I keep easy to grab snacks in them. Perfect for organization too.
Some important staples for kids to have available to them are a pitcher, bowls, tongs, chopper, and a few utensils. These are some of the kitchen utensils you will find my kids using.

Montessori in the Kitchen {Montessori on a Budget}

It is important for children to take part in all aspects of a meal, from purchasing, to preparing, cooking (depending on the age, safety should always come first), and cleaning up after the meal. This is teaching your children practical life skills.
“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.”

-Dr Maria Montessori

If you want some great ideas for Kids in the kitchen check out my food and snacks for little ones  board on Pinterest. 
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If you would like to check out some of the things that I use and love with my family, here's a peek. If you purchase anything from below, my family and I get a small commission, so a great BIG thank you goes out from us. 

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