Most of us are at home with our families. Meals become an important part of the day; an opportunity to be together and nourish our bodies and our minds.
Children of all ages usually love to participate in the preparation of the food and even the youngest can help. In our Montessori classrooms lessons on peeling and chopping carrots and apples, peeling oranges, slicing hard boiled eggs and even baking are part of every day.
When given the title of "sous chef" helping takes on a different feeling. A stool for the younger child to reach the counter, or a low table if available is a great idea. Wearing an apron (or a dish towel around the waist adds importance to the activity. Don't be afraid to show your child how to use kitchen tools safely. At school we use a round tipped, serrated knife with a wooden handle and a sturdy cutting board.
If you wish, excellent child size tools and aprons are available at
So what to prepare? A few beginning places to look:
Or just make your child's own favorites: mac and cheese, tacos, kebabs, a fruit salad and of course, always, cookies.
The important thing is to have fun, relax, laugh and of course, everyone helps to clean up. Believe it or not, most children will enjoy that if it is a shared activity.
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These are great ideas for all ages (including the adults in the family).