Egg Shell Cracking and Slicing Activities

Egg Shell Cracking and Slicing Activities

I must have been 10 or 12 years when I cracked the first egg for my omelets.

As a child I always thought that eggs were to be handled by adults.

Oh boy, how wrong was I.

My little ones tryst with eggs began when he was 18 months old and he is more of a pro now.

We do have our hit and misses, nevertheless he generally does a clean job ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to take it to the next level and introduce an egg slicer to him.

Montessori Egg Peeling and Slicing Activities for toddlers

This egg slicer from amazon is pretty sturdy and the wires line up charmingly with the base.

It is a simple to use one which is safe for those little fingers ๐Ÿ™‚

The best thing is that the eggs donโ€™t get smashed when the child cuts it.

So I got the boiled egg, two bowls-one to put in the peeled shell and the other one for the sliced eggs.

I presented him the trick of breaking the eggs the good old fashioned way- by slightly cracking it on the kitchen counter ๐Ÿ™‚

He then carefully peeled the egg shells manipulating the egg on all angles.

He had a deep concentration while his fingers worked and I and my husband observed it in silently.

I could very well say that this could be the best fine motor work that you can practice in the kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

He was told to place the egg in the slicer and gently press the top to the base ๐Ÿ™‚

Voila, he was extremely amused to see how the slices came out from it.

Anything for that smile ๐Ÿ™‚

I asked him if he wanted to make a quick egg sandwich for his dad.

But we finally had a meltdown and he ended up eating that sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚

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Montessori Inspired Tea Making and Why is it an Important Milestone?

Montessori Inspired Tea Making and Why is it an Important Milestone?

Howa you?

While I was establishing my brand and putting in my time to give my business a head start, the blog has been silent for some time.

Meanwhile at home, we have reached huge milestones and we are back after our summer vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

Regular classes have started and so you could see us more active on the blog again.

Today, we did practice one of the most important life skills. Tea Making !! Yayy ๐Ÿ™‚

The classic Montessori way would be to have a tea pot, tea dust bag in a small dish bowl, a timer for the child to know when the tea is ready, a spoon to mix and a towel to clean the spills.

We did adapt it a bit, since my preschooler hasnโ€™t been introduced to time concept yet and he cant really wait ๐Ÿ˜‰ the curiosity wouldnโ€™t hold him.

pixlrSo, we had a glass tumbler in which I had filled hot water and two bowls โ€“one with sugar and another with milk powder. Since, it did not have any pouring work, I skipped the towels as well.

All he had to do was to drop in the tea bag and watch the golden colour diffuse into water.

He started to smell the aroma ๐Ÿ™‚

He got way too excited to see that magic happen ๐Ÿ˜‰

He added sugar to see it dissolve and then the milk powder went in to see the colour change again ๐Ÿ™‚

And then the tasting session started. He made me gulp down the entire cup and wouldnโ€™t let me stop from just taking a sip. He wasnโ€™t convinced till I drank the whole cup. Sigh!! Toddler woes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Later he threw the used tea bag in the dustbin and I had to remind him to take the glass back to the kitchen sink ๐Ÿ˜‰

DSC_0050Oh yes, this activity doesnโ€™t end here ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow we would repeat the same, but we would use our cute little creamer set to pour the tea and also use a towel for spills if any ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have an older child, you could use the sand clock as a timer.

If you want even more challenges, you can use one tea pot and have two or more tea cups for the pouring work.

Ofcourse , pouring from the tea pot would be more challenging and complex. I would reserve it for a five year old maybe.

Also, you can have different flavored tea bags and ask to make a certain flavored tea.

If there are real guests you can ask them to serve the tea without any spillage ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, a five year old could be trusted with that .

And yes, click here to know why it is an important milestone.

Toddlers in the Kitchen. How to Involve Your Toddler in the Kitchen While You Cook?

Toddlers in the Kitchen. How to Involve Your Toddler in the Kitchen While You Cook?

Toddlers in the Kitchen

Food makes my heart sing and Kitchen is my happy place. I also have my food blog here. I learnt to cook after I got married and became a regular cook once my little one turned 6 months old. We were following baby led weaning and since then I always cooked in front of an audience translation: little boy.

I did not have any help at that point in time and little one was always hanging around in the background watching me cook from a distance.

So yours truly decided to involve him in the kitchen and help me out. He cannot help me out a-z in the kitchen but there are some pretty awesome ways we could work together in harmony.

And yeah, there is loads of mess to clear later and a heavy sink to be cleaned- but the fun makes up to it.

This week we did not have any shelf activities, we instead focused only on our cooking and baking.
Check out my baking post here ๐Ÿ™‚

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I do have a few other kitchen photos clicked, and have more lined up so I could post them together. So keep watching this space for more uploaded pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Isnโ€™t cooking together a great way to bond? A little mess would do no harm right?

And let them also taste thereby they feel accomplished and part of the whole cooking experience.

Please follow our Montessori kitchen board to see all other kitchen works which amuse me from all around the web ๐Ÿ™‚

Please do all this in an adult supervision and stay away from any allergy causes if your child has any.

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Baking With Kids

Baking With Kids

Baking with kids toddler montessori kitchen activities

Did you get to read my little helper in the kitchen post? Nope, then go and read it hereย  ๐Ÿ™‚

After which we have been doing a bit of baking here and there.

Baking together can be so much of fun. And itโ€™s got ample learning opportunities. Who wouldnโ€™t want to try it?

So, there we were deciding on what recipe that we should start with. And we zeroed on this simple butter cake. This is the classic starter cake for anyone who wants to learn baking. It is easy to make with no complicated techniques or fancy ingredients. Plus they are fool proof. It is very hard to mess up with this recipe and would be ideal for my little one to start as well. You can find the recipe here.

Before we head on to the recipe I am going to tell you why baking together is a great learning resource for your little one.

1.They introduce indirect math concepts

Baking with Kids

  • They learn to count when you say โ€œWe are going to add in two eggs. One and now two โ€œ
  • They learn fractions when the recipe calls for half a butter slice.
  • They learn measurements: one cup each. You can read our popcorn post learning the same.
  • They also learn time concepts: Forty five minutes in the oven
  • And finally, sequencing: First beat sugar, then add butter and as the recipe calls
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2.They make up for awesome pre-writing works

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  • Their hand muscles put in a lot of resistance when they mix hard butter and sugar.
  • When they roll their dough to make a cookie
  • When they cut cookie shapes, they wrist muscles are preparing your child to hold a pencil.
  • When they place dough carefully on a baking tray they learn how to place them from left to right or in a pattern.
  • Like I said, as simple as baking might seem to look, there are plenty of learning opportunities.

3.Organizational Skills:toddler in the kitchen

  • Show them how we wash hands before you start baking.
  • Ask them to help you get all your baking essentials ready.
  • Ask them to help you pick your whisker, cookie cutters and so on.
  • If you have a recipe printed, show it to them and let them know that you are going to read what is on this paper and follow them to the T.

4.Other practical life skills:

Baking with toddlers activities

  • Learning to wash hands before and after the work
  • To stir the ingredients
  • To crack eggs
  • To pour ingredients into the bowl. Read other pouring works here.
  • To clean the kitchen counter once you are done baking.

5.Sensory learning:

Baking and ToddlersThey get to see the ingredients, use their hands to get messy and smell the cake when it is the oven, listening to the beater sound and tasting them delicacies once they are done ๐Ÿ™‚ Yup, all their five senses are involved and what more fun could it be:-)

6.Literacy:

toddlers in the kitchenTeaching different ingredient names and talking about from where they come from. My son doesnโ€™t comprehend that butter comes from milk. But yeah, one day he would ๐Ÿ™‚

7.Science:

Baking with kidsThey learn the change of states, they get to see how a solid butter melts when applied some force.

Other important benefits:

Baking with kidsThey take pride in what they have done and have a sense of accomplishment. This in turns helps them build their independence and self confidence.

Other tips to keep in mind:

Baking with kids

  • We usually reduce the sugar quantity to one third of what the recipe calls. We do not encourage having any sugar loaded treats at home.
  • Be prepared for a mess. That is also a learning opportunity to show them how to clean ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Pre-measure the ingredients to make it easy for your toddler. Get the entire stuff ready like a TV cookery show.
  • Make sure your child is well napped and is on his best of the moods while you bake together.
  • Make sure you stay away from any heated appliances.
  • Plan ahead and know your recipe so that your toddler doesnโ€™t have to wait while you check the recipe on your phone.I learnt this lesson the hard way ๐Ÿ™‚
  • If your child is allergic to any of the ingredients (raw eggs), please be extra careful.

 

Baking with kidsGo pick your apron, wear your chef hat and get ready to bake with your toddler ๐Ÿ™‚

pinterestAnd watch out this space next to see how we assemble a pizza together ๐Ÿ™‚

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