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January 24, 2018

Montessori Friendly Juicing Options for Kids

About four years ago, I was at a thrift store and found the most perfect little juicer. It was a tiny glass pitcher with a matching glass juicer that sat on top. It was the perfect size for little hands. Then, the little pitcher was perfect for pouring right into a cup to drink. I loved it. But, in Montessori home where children are handling glass, accidents happen. 

In this case, during our recent kitchen renovation, the juicer was placed somewhere Gus got access to it and he accidentally dropped it. And, the perfect little pitcher smashed. Ever since, I have been on the hunt for a new, perfect little juicer for my kids. The right tool is so important. If the juicer is too big or too small, or too hard to pour, the process is going to be too difficult for a younger child to complete. 

Montessori friendly juicer options for the home and classroom
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Juicing is such a wonderful activity. It can be prepared for kids at a variety of different levels of independence in the kitchen. For younger children, they can just focus on watching you juice and then pouring. Slightly older can juice and pour. And, beyond that children can cut the fruit, juice, and pour. My kids even love to make lemonade after juicing lemons which adds some additional steps. I love juicing because is pretty amazing for strengthening their hands. Plus, it's a great way to make them work for a sweeter treat! 

I ended up trying this juicer. But, I don't love, love it. It's working well enough for my kids right now, but only because I don't have a younger toddler who is also trying to juice. It's bigger than I anticipate, and just harder to pour. By the time Gus is ready to start juicing, I'm going to need something better. So, the search continues! 

Do your kids like to juice? Do you have a juicer you love? 


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