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Our Montessori Home Kitchen Tools

There are so many great ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen. But, they need to have the right tools to really properly get involved. Therefore, we have stocked our Montessori kitchen with some smaller essentials. Our Montessori home kitchen tools help Henry and Nora gain independence, confidence, and concentration as they work on practical skills in the kitchen. 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

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We have many different tools available to Henry and Nora at any one time. These tools are used by them for a large variety of kitchen tasks. They are all sized so that they can easily use them while maintaining safety. But, you should know that these are REAL tools, meant to do real work. 

Basic Kitchen Utensils 

Here are our most basic kids kitchen tools. These are used the most frequently. I'm hoping to add to our collection soon by getting some things we need for hot cooking (mainly a nice flipper) since both kids are starting to cook more over the stove. 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

Silcone Whisk
Metal Whisk
Tongs -- these are great for so many tasks!
Slotted Spoon
Spatula

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

Peeler { old from IKEA} similar 
Cutting Board {old from Target} similar 
Shredder
Colander

Cutting and Chopping 

While many people may shy away from giving their young child a knife, Montessori environments do not. Therefore, we have a wide variety of knives and chopping tools available in our children's kitchen. 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

Spreader
Wavy Chopper 
Chopper with handle
Nylon Knife
Paring Knife

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Apple Slicer
Egg Slicer
Banana Slicer -- this is a useless tool. You don't need this! Henry saw it in a Montessori catalog and fell in love with it and HAD to have it. So he got it for Christmas, it just makes a mess and is pretty unnecessary. 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

Kitchen Linens 

These are the linens that help provide success in our environment. 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

Oven Mitts -- these are a bit big for Nora at 2.75-years-old, but work perfectly for Henry at 6-years-old. Both kids use them to remove hot items from the toaster oven.
Preschool Apron
Toddler Apron
Placemats -- made from thrifted fabric

Containers and Pitchers

These miscellaneous kitchen tools are very important parts of our Montessori kitchen. These are also some of the most used items in our kitchen by our children. 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

Food Storage Containers
Measuring Cup {from tupperware}
Juicer {ours is thrifted} similar
Stainless pitcher
Glass pitcher {not pictured}

And, that's about it. I probably missed something, but you get the idea. We are providing the tools for success, using smaller alternatives where available. We are giving them the freedom to be actively involved because we know they are capable! 

Having appropriate child sized cooking tools is very important in a Montessori environment. In a Montessori home, having tools in the kitchen can foster independence, creativity, and concentration for children.

How are your children involved in the kitchen? Do you find smaller tools help them to be more successful? 

Comments

Unknown said…
Do you like the apple slicer? We had that one and I could never get it to slice the apple completely. I had to lift it off and push the rest of the allle through. Super annoying!
Yes! I like a lot actually. It's got a great shape that makes it easier for the kids to push, although it's still a challenge for Nora if the apple isn't cut first
My girl is a year now and I'm sold on the idea of entrusting her with tools - but how do I communicate the concept of "sharp" to her? Or, by the time she gets old enough to graduate to a sharp edge, will she be old enough to hear and understand?

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